TRAVERSE CITY — Nasty winter weather is starting to cause problems for area high school athletic directors.
Frigid temperatures and icy roads forced schools to cancel games scheduled for Monday night and again for tonight.
Those cancellations, combined with some prior to Christmas, are creating a backlog of contests that need to be re-scheduled.
The hardest hit? Traverse City West girls basketball. The Titans have already had three games wiped out by Mother Nature, Monday’s encounter with Petoskey the latest. That game was re-scheduled for tonight, but West athletic director Patti Tibaldi “suspects” it will be canceled as well.
Earlier, the Titans had games with Alpena and Rockford postponed. The Rockford game was re-scheduled for Feb. 8.
“But that’s an ACT date, so I don’t know,” Tibaldi said.
Central’s basketball games with Ogemaw Heights for tonight were called off early Monday. Those games will be played Wednesday at Central. The girls varsity game will start at 6, the boys at 7:30. Originally, the girls were scheduled to play at Ogemaw Heights, but it was moved to Central because the Falcons are hosting a Big North wrestling triangular Wednesday.
Central still has boys and girls basketball games with Gaylord to re-schedule, as well as a hockey date with Alpena.
The Bay Reps hockey team will play a make-up game at Alpena on Wednesday. That was originally scheduled for Dec. 11.
The St. Francis-East Jordan basketball games slated for tonight were moved to Wednesday. The boys are on the road, the girls are at home.
“It puts the girls in a jam because they’ll now play Wednesday, Friday and Saturday,” Tom Hardy, the school’s athletic director, said.
Tibaldi said finding dates to re-schedule games is complicated by the fact that there’s a shortage of officials.