ST. JOHN | A tall, almost totally vertical rainbow to the east of U.S. 41 shined its many hues to refract the setting sun to the west.
Only moments had passed since the scheduled start time of the varsity boys soccer match between visiting Times No. 3 Chesterton and Lake Central on Wednesday night. Then another flash of lightning appeared in the sky, and the next flash was coming from the Chesterton bus as it picked up the Trojans and charted a course back to Porter County.
The Duneland Athletic Conference match was delayed by weather and postponed -- tentatively -- until tonight, if not later.
Lake Central will clarify its decision this morning because a nonconference match with Munster was also on the schedule for Thursday and arrangements and phone calls need to be made.
The moderate rain was not the sole deterrent for playing. Lightning, by rule, was the cause of the postponements.
“We have to wait 30 minutes every time we see a strike, and it’s getting to be a little later than we want to get home,” Chesterton coach Jamie Sensibaugh said. “It’s not getting any better.”
The coaches, both teachers, said they did the math, and if they had played at the next possible moment with no more lightning sightings, they’d have started the match well after 7:30 following warmups and played until at least 9. Chesterton would've arrived back at the school well after 10:30.
“These are student-athletes, and ‘student’ is the front part of that,” L.C. coach Jereme Rainwater said. “It was in the best interest of them to get back to their school, and we agreed with that.
“With two educators as coaches, we see what these kids go through day to day. We realize education is the most important thing.”
The junior varsity match warmups were underway when the storm rolled through St. John and sent everyone inside. All players were in full uniform and warming up with most of the necessary equipment already out on the pitch.
The Indians (3-6-1, 1-3) were planning to see what utility player Ogi Janjus could do in his return from more than a week and a half on the sidelines. Janjus suffered a nasty cut on his head and had to get staples in his head at a tournament in Evansville earlier this month.
The Trojans (8-2, 2-2), however, were looking at their first match without junior midfielder Billy Biehl, who was elbowed in the face by Andrean’s Daniel Adair during Chesterton’s 2-1 win Monday. He has fractures in his face and is out for 6-8 weeks, essentially the rest of the season.