The Journal Register (Medina, NY)

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April 15, 2013

Mother nature again throws teams a curve

Medina Journal-Register — For the second time in three years Mother Nature has thrown the early season spring high school sports schedule a nasty curveball in the form of persistent rains over a period of several days this past week.

Those steady rains, which for Niagara-Orleans League teams, wiped out softball on Wednesday, tennis on Thursday and baseball on Friday, has kept athletic directors busy revising game calendars and coaches scrambling to keep their teams sharp in the face of postponements.

“It’s a challenge but we’ve got a great group of athletic directors in our league and everyone really cooperates and communicates real well,” said Albion Athletic Director Randy Knaak. “Our job involves plenty of phone calls and e-mails but we get it done. I feel worse for the kids and the coaches as they are really in limbo with this weather. It’s really challenge for the coaches to keep the kids as fresh as possible.”

And even the games that did get in earlier in the week were played in cold, rainy conditions.

“It’s a difficult situation,” agreed Medina Athletic Director Chris Hughes. “We have no control over the weather so we have to communicate when a season starts like this and everyone in our league really communicates well and works together.”

The persistent rains also presents a big challenge for school maintenance and grounds crews in getting the fields back into playable shape.

“Our grounds crews do a great job,” said Knaak, “They try to help out the very best they can.”

“It’s just a waiting game, a day to day thing,” added Knaak who noted that the N-O’s switch of baseball and softball schedules to two instead of three games a week for most weeks this season helps to give some flexibility in rescheduling games.

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