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Lingering winter snow impacting high school sports


With record-breaking April snow totals, area high schools are having to move around their spring sports schedules.

The sports impacted are soccer, track, lacrosse, baseball, softball and tennis. 

When it comes to games, athletic directors across central Wisconsin are working together to make sure all conference competition gets taken care of. To do so, games and tournaments have been either rescheduled or relocated.

Regarding practices, coaches have had to get creative to keep players engaged.

"Right before Spring Break we did a stick ball game with a tennis ball you know, just to have a little fun," D.C. Everest Head Softball Coach Mike Mathies said. "You know, we've played kickball one day in practice."

While student-athletes are growing admittedly antsy, they're taking their circumstances in stride.

"We're just doing everything we can to prepare for the conference season and the games ahead," Krista Koenig, a senior soccer player at D.C. Everest, said. "Practicing many of our touches, and lots of like little drills that we can do inside. Being inside allows us to practice our ball control, our talking, our movement."

While it's late in the season, the D.C. Everest athletic director said it's been worse. Back in 2013, he recalled having to reschedule a tournament in May due to snow. 

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