Weather interrupting prep athletic events in the spring is nothing new. Rain, storms, even snow are built into the schedule when it is created.
In the winter? While snow is expected, the cancellation of school for three days and the constant postponements of events after events isn't even the smallest problem.
"The big thing is that you can't practice," Morton athletic director Roy Richards said. "In the spring, the baseball team can go inside and hit in the net or pitch in the gym. Our boys (basketball team) played Friday and Saturday, then had Sunday off and no practice Monday, no practice Tuesday, now no game or practice Wednesday, it's hard to reschedule something and say 'let's play Thursday.' If we have school on Thursday, it'll be one day of practice and then a conference game on Friday."
The lack of practice is impacting all six of the winter sports. Swimmers can't swim, gymnasts and wrestlers are off the mats and boys and girls basketball teams aren't fighting for court time because closed schools mean closed facilities.
In the meantime, athletic directors are trying to reschedule events from memory, because they can't get into their offices. That's why many events are only temporarily postponed, until the ADs can begin the rescheduling process when schools reopen.
"I think it's probably the worst kind of inconvenience," Richards said. "You just don't think it's going to happen. You don't plan for any kind of break in the season like this. If they'd just say 'no game,' I don't think anyone would care. But not practicing, your team is not together, and now you're really looking at coming back the week in early season form." -- Hillary Smith
Several local players nominated for IBCA Player of the Week: Nine local basketball players were nominated for IBCA/Subway Player of the Week. The list included Keenan Simmons (Michigan City), Zach VanHook (Lowell), Jordan Cole (Munster), Jaclyn Heath (LaPorte), Bethany Jansma (Kankakee Valley), DeJah Joshua (West Side), Citlali Lopez (Whiting), Michal Miller (Michigan City) and Caroline Puntillo (Chesterton). Winners included Nate Ritchie (Northridge), Kindell Fincher (Fort Wayne Canterbury), Trey Lyles (Indianapolis Tech), Shannon Gavaghan (Indianapolis Scecina), Josh Speidel (Columbus North) and Shana Keller (West Washington).