CHESTERTON | They waited, and waited and waited some more, but Mother Nature's a persistent old gal.
After a lightning delay of nearly two hours Friday, Chesterton and Times No. 5 Munster decided to call it a night.
The teams will try again this at 11 a.m. today, with the junior varsity game to follow.
"I was talking to (Munster coach) Leroy (Marsh) and we decided that if (the 30-minute lightning clock) rolls down, we'll play and if not, we'll adjust," Chesterton coach Mark Peterson said. "It'll probably clear up and be nice the rest of the night, but that's the way it goes. There's not much you can do."
With the exception of Michigan City, the entire local slate of region games was wiped out, with most of them rescheduling for this evening. Chesterton and Munster opted for the earlier start due to the Labor Day weekend.
"We talked at length about alternatives and wanted to come up with something amenable for both teams," Peterson said. "Kids and parents have holiday travel plans, and it would've been hard (playing at night). We were talking 10 initially, but with them being here this late, we moved it back to 11."
In a career that spans over 30 years as a player and a coach at the high school and college levels, Peterson said he had never experienced a delay, let alone a postponement before.
"We'll have to adjust," he said. "We've talked all season long so far about adapting to extreme situations and this will be the first test for us. We'll have to come back refocused in the morning and get going. It'll be like playing at the college level, except that it'll be on NWI instead of ESPN."