The inclement weather, which has regularly disrupted the regular season in the various high school winter sports, is now messing with the playoffs.
The latest snowstorm closed schools throughout the state Monday, postponing all athletic events and forcing coaches, athletic directors and others to adjust on the go.
Most notably is the boys basketball region playoffs, which had a full slate of section semifinal games wiped out. The schedule has been tentatively moved to Tuesday, depending on schools reopening, with the section final round still set for Wednesday.
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The girls section semifinal round was originally set for Tuesday, forcing schools to plan for potential doubleheaders.
“I’m a very big routine person but, unfortunately, the weather is something we don’t have control of,” Lake Clifton boys basketball coach Herman “Tree” Harried said. “That’s one of the lessons we teach our young people — to deal with adversity, make the best of it and continue to make it work.”
Harried added that while his players are away from school, he encourages them to have ”mental practices” to help stay sharp. He asks them to visualize the different offensive and defensives sets the team runs.
The Lakers had their Class 1A South Section I semifinal game against KASA pushed back to 4 p.m. Tuesday. (Please check with your school for updates on specific times for the rescheduled games when they reopen.)
In addition to wreaking havoc on the end of the winter sports season, the snow and school closings have also had an impact on the upcoming spring season. Public schools had their first spring season play date Saturday, and they will be hard pressed to get outside any time soon once school has reopened.
“[With the winter sports,] you know that if you’re out, you’re going to play the next day and if you’re out long enough, you’re going to maybe have to play three days in a row, which is pretty tough,” South River athletic director David Klingel said. “But as far as springs sports go, it really hampers them, because there’s not much you can do inside for spring sports.”