Winter weather giving local sports programs a headache
Wintry weather has created many headaches for school administrators in Thomasville. They are not alone.
Athletic directors, coaches and players also feel the effects of what has been a bizarre, wet and icy winter that has kept students out of classrooms and off of playing fields.
Steve Bare's first year as athletic director at Thomasville High School continues to be a busy one. With school cancellations come sporting events that must also be postponed. That leaves the tough task of quickly finding makeup dates to reschedule games. Bare has had some success agreeing with other athletic directors on makeup games. Only one problem. Those games are having to be rescheduled as well. Bare said his phone was ringing at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday for an inquiry about a makeup game. The girls soccer team at THS has had its match with Atkins rescheduled nearly a handful of times.
“I will be honest with you, it is pretty frustrating,” Bare said. “I have been coaching for 23 years and I have never seen anything like it.”
With the Central Carolina Conference season rapidly approaching, the nonconference portion of the schedule is nearly complete. Bare would like to get those games in, if at all possible, preferably before league play goes into full swing.
“At this point we are running out of days,” he said. “My personal opinion is I do not want to play nonconference games in the middle of our conference schedule. We have another eight or nine days where we can try to fit a couple games in, but after that you begin to lose games. That is unfortunate because you want the kids to be able to compete as much as you can.”
At East Davidson, head baseball coach Dan Tricarico is having to replace four key starters from last season. He would like to be on the field as much as possible to work with those who remain, but the weather has not been cooperative. The Golden Eagles have been relegated to the batting cage for many practices, due to poor field conditions and falling precipitation.
“I have never had a start to a high school season like this,” Tricarico said. “You cannot get out and practice and you can't get any continuity. We have probably been on a baseball field to actually physically practice four times, and we have now been going for a month. As a team trying to develop and continue to improve, it is difficult when you cannot get out there and work on team things on the field.”
Next week is looking much better in terms of sunshine and dry skies. Perhaps the worst is now behind and teams can take the field on a consistent basis.
Sports Editor Zach Kepley can be reached at 888-3631, or firstname.lastname@example.org.