Poughkeepsie High School’s new home for sports is Section 9.
The athletic teams at the city’s high school will begin competing in Section 9 and its Mid-Hudson Athletic League in 2014-15 after the Section 9 Athletic Council approved the Pioneers’ entry into its ranks unanimously 15-0 on Tuesday.
On Monday night, the Poughkeepsie City School District’s board of education voted unanimously, 5-0, to approve of the Pioneers’ move from Section 1 to Section 9.
The vote on Our Lady of Lourdes’ entry into Section 9 was tabled to a later meeting, Section 9 president and Red Hook Athletic Director Tom Cassata said. Additionally, due to area schools who are considering entering Section 9 for next season, Cassata said, the deadline for applying to Section 9 for next year, was moved from Nov. 30 to Dec. 31.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association divides its member schools into 11 geographic sections within which teams compete for local and regional titles.
Section 9 consists of teams in Dutchess, Ulster, Orange and Sullivan counties. Section 1 consists of teams in Dutchess, Westchester, Rockland and Putnam counties. With Poughkeepsie out of Section 1, the only remaining Dutchess County schools in Section 1 are Arlington, John Jay, Roy C. Ketcham, Beacon and Pawling, as well as Our Lady of Lourdes, a private school, which has already applied for entry into Section 9 for next year.
Arlington’s board of education rejected a move to Section 9 for next year on Nov. 12, citing increased participation numbers for cross country and track and field in Section 1. Pawling discussed a move as recently as two weeks ago, but will not apply for Section 9 for next year. Beacon is still examining a move. The Wappingers Central School District — home to John Jay and Ketcham — is not applying.
The deadline for districts to apply for Section 9 is Saturday.
Dover was the most recent Dutchess County school to bolt from Section 1 to Section 9, in 2012. That was the first expansion since Hyde Park’s Franklin D. Roosevelt jumped from Section 1 in 2003. Rhinebeck, Pine Plains, Millbrook, Spackenkill and Webutuck made the move together in 1998. Red Hook is a longtime member of Section 9.