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Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Willmar High School track and field began its sixth week of “indoor track” on Monday with coach Jerry Popp telling some 125 boys and girls that this is the first time in 38 seasons as a head coach that he hasn’t had an outdoor meet by April 15. He asked the young athletes to “stay patient and keep working”

Comments one activities director, “This is a mess.”

And another: “Ridiculous.”

It’s the winter that won’t bow out.

Athletic directors from the West Central Conference — both North and South Divisions — will meet on Wednesday. Conference secretary Rick Fischer of Sauk Centre said they may well take a long look at re-working the spring schedule.

“Playing some games is essential (prior to playoffs), but the weather is not cooperating,” Fischer stated. “I know the Minnesota State High School League is looking at some alternatives. [see MSHSL response below]”

Here’s how the sports blotter looks at BOLD High School in Olivia from last Thursday through this Friday. Most schools are in the same boat … make that sled.

April 11

AB Baseball @ ACGC has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 9 - doubleheader starting at 4pm in Bird Island

AB Softball (H) vs ACGC has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 7 - doubleheader starting at 4pm at ACGC

JH Baseball (H) vs. Willmar has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 9

JH Softball @ Willmar has been rescheduled to Thursday May 9

April 12

Varsity Girl’s WCC Golf Invite rescheduled to Friday, May 10

April 13

A-Softball Tourney at Wabasso rescheduled Saturday, May 4

April 15

Track at Windom - cancelled

JH Track at Paynesville - cancelled

JH Baseball @ GFW rescheduled to Tuesday, May 14

Varsity Boy’s WCC Golf Invite postponed

JH/JV Golf Invite (H) vs. Redwood Valley rescheduled to Monday, April 29

April 16

JH Softball (H) vs. ACGC rescheduled to Friday, May 3

AB Baseball @ Redwood Valley rescheduled to Monday, May 6

AB Softball (H) vs. Redwood Valley - cancelled

Varsity Girl’s WCC Golf Invite at Sauk Centre - postponed

April 18

JH Baseball (H) vs. YME rescheduled to Friday, May 3

JH Softball @ YME rescheduled to Thursday, May 16

AB Baseball (H) vs. YME - postponed

AB Softball @ YME - postponed

Varsity Boy’s WCC Golf Invite (H) - postponed

Varsity Girl’s WCC Golf Invite at YME - postponed

April 19

AB Baseball (H) vs. Paynesville - postponed

Varsity Girl’s Golf at NLS – cancelled

New London-Spicer canceled its Wildcats track invite on Thursday and the girls golf invite on Friday at Little Crow. The 19-school Willmar/Litchfield boys golf invite at Eagle Creek and Litchfield this Friday and Saturday also is scrubbed and won’t be made up.

MSHSL responds

Most League member schools have been unable to compete or even able to schedule most of their outdoor spring activities due to what some are calling either a “late spring” or “extended winter.”

Following are excerpts from a memo that was sent to member schools on Monday drafted by Executive Director Dave Stead:

“Remember, you don’t have to play all of the games allowed for your sport. In fact, many teams don’t have that luxury during any spring season. And, as the spring progresses, be sure to keep school time and academics as the highest priority.

Our staff has provided a few ideas regarding your regular-season events. You may already have thought of many of the items we’ve listed below.”

n Teams are allowed to play until the end of the season (the final day of the state tournament in that sport) even if your team is eliminated from the tournament.

n Change your dual contests to triangular or quadrangular ones in order to allow your players to compete against more teams.

n Keep everyone available for Saturdays.

n Doubleheaders in baseball and softball. The NFHS has agreed to let us play 5- or 6-inning double headers. Play the first 7-inning game and do your best to complete the second game. If the second game ends early due to weather conditions or darkness, it can be considered a regulation game if 4½ or 5 innings have been completed.

n Conference play could be a single round rather than a double round. You would still have a conference champion and be able to schedule non-conference games.

n Compress the section tournament playoff format. In other words, don’t stretch out the playoffs. That change by the Region Committee will allow schools to have additional dates in May and early June to play games that have been lost this spring.

n You have to play when and where the field is ready. That may mean that you “go to where the field is ready” rather than wait for home games. Remember, this year is different, and while home games are important, playing the game is, perhaps, more important.

n Tennis matches can utilize adjusted scoring for the third set and use the “Super Tie-breaker” format.

n Track meets are considered official meets even when specific field events, such as the discus, cannot be conducted due to the condition of the venue.

Stead: “Because of the current snowfall and the yet unknown weather conditions, questions have been asked about moving the state tournament dates farther into June. Given the number of changes that would need to be addressed at subsection, section, and state tournament sites, as well as family plans, summer jobs, camps and clinics, and other summer activities that would be conflicted, it doesn’t seem as if that’s an option that could realistically be considered.”

Rand Middleton
Tribune photographer/videographer. Began working in radio and at weekly newspaper in Munising, Michigan, in 1972. Started parttime at West Central Daily Tribune Sept. 1974. Fulltime news/sports beginning Feb. 1979. Married to Tribune news clerk Donna (Miller) Middleton, formerly of Kerkhoven. 2 grown children. 
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