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High school spring sports forced to practice inside from winter weather

WESTON (WAOW) - High school sports are playing a waiting game thanks to the weather this year.

"We can't control mother nature," said Leann Kitchell, the D.C. Everest Senior High School athletic director.

With snow still on the fields at D.C. Everest High School, teams practice indoors. For many players, it's difficult to play their sport inside. Two sports practicing indoors are baseball and softball.

"Outside normally you'd be able to do fly balls and fly ball skills and be able to catch those and with batting,” said Brady Borrell, a baseball player at the high school. “You don't have the same experience as being outside."

"The balls bounce different in gyms than in dirt, and with the ceilings we can't practice like a full scale softball field can," said Lauren Brinkman, a softball player at the high school.

Other teams include soccer and track.

"You go from being on a basketball size court to a huge soccer field, and you go from playing 3 vs. 3 in a gym to 11 vs. 11,” said Mackenzie Corallo, a soccer player at the high school. “So they're two different games."

"For any Everest meets, we don't have a long jump or triple jump pit,” said Darren Sanchez, who is on the D.C. Everest track and field team. “So we're not able to do that in meets."

Another problem is there's not enough room for all the teams to practice.

"Our field houses and gyms are probably booked until nine or ten at night,” said Kitchell. “So everybody tries to adjust and we get everybody in."

The athletic director at the high school says the department may have to delay games if the cold weather continues. This is a far different scene from two years ago, when temperatures were in the seventies at this time.

"You feel bad for the kids and the coaches, because you're constantly adjusting and making last minute plans and that's tough on everybody," said Kitchell.

Now, these athletes have to keep waiting.

"Hopefully the sun just comes out and gets rid of the snow so we can go outside," said Corallo.

Other spring sports at the high school, such as tennis and golf, start practice next week.

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