Area schools postpone basketball, swimming and bowling events due to cold.
High school sports during the winter aren’t played outside, but that hasn’t prevented the plunging temps from wreaking havoc on the local sports schedule. All basketball, swimming and bowling events slated for both Monday and Tuesday were postponed by area schools. Schools were also canceling practices in order to keep athletes and parents from having to venture out in the frigid weather.
While roads are passable in most areas, the decision-makers often have to take a worst-case scenario into account when the temperatures drop dangerously low.
“Our athletic director (Todd Sutton) has been on the phone with other athletic directors,” said Perry Local Schools Superintendent Marty Bowe. “It’s inconvenient but it is one of those things if everything went fine, OK, but if that bus breaks down (on the way to an event) and 40 students are sitting on the side of the road on an unheated bus waiting for help. We don’t want to risk it.”
With boys and girls basketball season near its midpoint, the postponements mean some teams will have busy second halves thanks to having to make up some contests.
Fairless Superintendent Broc Bidlack said there were several extra curricular activities that were canceled, and rescheduling the events is keeping athletic director Kevin Bille busy.
Bidlack said that while Bille is working to reschedule events, some may not be able to be rescheduled.