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Mother nature 1, BEA spring sports 0

By Staff | Apr 6, 2014

Mother nature is the only one playing much of anything this spring so far. Its latest April fool’s prank is on spring sports at Blue Earth Area High School.

Last week, two baseball and two softball games were postponed and a track and field meet in St. James was cancelled.

The home baseball game versus New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva, originally scheduled last Monday, has been postponed to April 15 at 5 p.m. Also, their home contest versus Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial, which was supposed to be last Tuesday, has been rescheduled to April 7 at 4:30 p.m.

The softball game at NRHEG, originally scheduled last Monday, has been postponed to April 8 at 5 p.m. In addition, their game in Belle Plaine, originally slated to take place last Tuesday, has been rescheduled for April 28.

According to track and field coach Tom Plocker, the maximum number of meets in a week is two for his squads.

“The kids need time to recover,” he explains. “Since we already have two meets scheduled next week, the St. James meet was just cancelled.”

Track meets are usually cancelled all together, compared to rescheduling, according to Plocker.

“There are exceptions, however,” Plocker adds. “The bigger conference meets are still put on. Most track surfaces can handle rain, but the pole vault and high jump can become dangerous.”

It was a mixture of the freezing temperature and rain which essentially cancelled the meet, Plocker believes. The athletes would be freezing, he says.

“The athletes can wear under armour clothing, but that’s really it,” Plocker says. “The regulations for clothing are pretty strict. But, there are exceptions.”

At the South Central Conference indoor meet, hosted by BEA, in Mankato, the Buccaneers had multiple successful finishes on March 27.

Taylor Grandgenett won the 55-meter high hurdles in 9.25; Skylee Bell won the 55-meter dash in 7.52; Karli Olsen finished first in the 400 meters in 62.36 and Shayna Stevermer won the 55-low hurdles in 9.47.