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Spring sports delay creates scheduling nightmare for schools


Many student athletes who play spring sports are stuck practicing inside, waiting for warmer weather to melt the snow.

The delay in spring sports action is creating a scheduling nightmare for area athletic directors.

The D.C. Everest softball team has been forced to practice inside because their field is still covered in inches of snow.

"We are pretty productive inside, but it's just not the same as being outside," said senior shortstop Alayna Krejci.

Players have been focusing on hitting and fielding, two things they can do at D.C. Everest's indoor facilities in order to stay focused for the season, whenever it starts.

"You don't get the full feel of the actual field," head coach Mike Mathies added about practicing inside.

He told Newsline 9 he can't remember a season that started later than this one. His team was supposed to start playing games this week.

"We've rescheduled the first two weeks," said Mathies. Right now, the team is scheduled to play its first eight games of the season eight days in a row later this month.

"Softball and baseball are particularly complicated because you've really got to watch out for the pitchers," said D.C. Everest Athletic Director LeeAnn Kitchell.

She said she's doing the best she can to reschedule games. If the snow doesn't melt, she told Newsline 9 leaders in the school's conference will consider a wide range of options for the season.

"Possibilities of doing double-headers or just conference schedules or maybe even going to each team only playing one time," she said.

Coach Mathies said despite the longer wait to play outside, he's not worried about how his players will perform.

"All the teams will be in the same situation," Mathies said.

A level playing field, once the snow melts.

"We're all just itching to get outside but hopefully it comes soon enough," added Krejci.

The D.C. Everest athletic director said no games have been canceled so far, but if the snow sticks around conference leaders will have to decide how to move forward with the season.


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