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April 4, 2013

Weather slows start of spring sports season

TRAVERSE CITY — A late arriving spring is causing early season cancellations in high school sports.

“Spring has not sprung,” Traverse City West athletic director Patti Tibaldi said.

Traverse City Central canceled its two home events today — baseball with Elk Rapids and a track quad with Benzie Central, Kingsley and St. Francis.

A home soccer game Saturday with TC Liberty is still up in the air. A decision will be made today.

TC Liberty already had today’s game at Glen Lake wiped out.

West’s first spring event, a home soccer match with Hart, is scheduled for Saturday. The problem: West’s soccer field is still buried in snow. If the game is played, it will be moved to the Coast Guard field as part of a doubleheader with Central-Liberty.

“The Coast Guard (field) is actually looking pretty good,” Central athletic director Cody Inglis said, “but we need to make sure we can get the nets up and the lines down before Saturday. We’ll wait until (today) to make the call.”

The Titan and Trojan soccer teams have been able to practice on the artificial turf at Thirlby Field, Tibaldi said, but other teams have not been as lucky.

For instance, Central had a “maintenance day” on its baseball field Monday.

“They literally shoveled and snowblowed the field just to try to make it playable,” Inglis said. “It’s not ready. We could potentially play at East Middle School because that’s wide open and gets a lot more sun. East may be playable, but that’s the only field that would be.”

The Trojans are scheduled to play at Kalkaska in softball and baseball next week, but Kalkaska’s fields are not playable, Inglis said.

“We may cancel the JV games Tuesday and move the varsity games to Central if we can get our fields ready,” he said.

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