Snow slows BEA spring sports
Although the calendar has turned to April, folks in southern Minnesota have been hit with an extended winter spell by Mother Nature. As a result, the constant snowfall has wreaked havoc on area high school sports schedules.
Rob Norman, Blue Earth Area’s athletic director for the past 22 years, holds the responsibility of re-scheduling all the school’s sporting events. Compared to winter sports such as basketball, wrestling and gymnastics, Norman says the spring sports schedule always presents the most problems when it comes to dealing with inclement weather.
“Spring sports is a totally different animal because most of these events are played outdoors,” Norman shares. “With winter sports, we may have to postpone games due to travel issues if there is major snow fall, but springtime is always worse for scheduling because we need more cooperation from the weather.”
Dealing with poor spring weather conditions is nothing new for the long time athletic director. In fact, Norman recalls the 2013 spring sports season when there were 22 calendar days in April scheduled for sporting events.
Due to weather issues, only three of those 22 days that year were actually used to hold Blue Earth Area sporting events. Despite the scheduling challenges, Norman understands all schools in the area must deal with similar circumstances.
“We all have to deal with the same thing, so no school has an advantage over another,” Norman says.
Until the elements improve, spring teams such as baseball, softball and golf have had to practice indoors. Tennis, as well as boys and girls track and field, are the only spring sports which have had a chance to compete thus far.
The BEA softball team has had the most changes to their schedule so far with four games interrupted due to weather. Their April 3 season opener against New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva has been changed to Monday, April 23. Also, their April 5 contest at Worthington is now part of a road double-header on Friday, May 4.
The softball team’s April 9 contest against St. James has been moved to Maple River on Saturday, May 12. Lastly, their April 10 game at New Ulm is now part of a double-header on Friday, April 27.
Meanwhile, the Buccaneer baseball squad has re-scheduled their first three meetings of the year. Their April 5 ballgame at Worthington will now be part of a Tuesday, May 1 double-header. BEA’s April 7 road game against Martin County West has been moved to Saturday, April 21, and the Bucs’ April 10 home game against New Ulm will be part of a double-header on Friday, April 27.
Boys and girls golf meets originally scheduled for Monday, April 9 with Maple River, have been postponed to a later date yet to be determined. Also, BEA’s April 10 meet against Truman has been re-scheduled for Friday, April 27 at Rose Lake Golf Course.
BEA varsity track originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 10 at St. James has been cancelled. The tennis team’s match against Luverne on the same date has been postponed.
Additionally, the track and field invitational originally scheduled for April 13, was moved to April 12 at Mahoney Field at Fairmont High School. For the most up-to-date schedule changes for Blue Earth Area sports, please visit the school’s website at blueearth.k12.mn.us