BOULDER — Well things haven’t gone according to plan this spring for many of the Boulder County area teams. But when it comes to spring sports in Colorado, they rarely do.
Several times this season, weather cancellations have wreaked havoc on spring prep schedules and they caused further scheduling calamity when snow and rain wiped out all outdoor games on Thursday.
Rescheduling games in February is tough enough. But with all spring sports nearing their respective home stretches, mid-April is a tough time to be making last-minute adjustments.
“It’s just always a scramble to try to get everything in and reschedule,” Boulder High athletic director Melissa Warfield said. “We try to give the teams and athletes every opportunity we can. You never want to cancel too soon for fear that the sun comes out and you can play. This one is a little bit tough because there’s so little time left to make up games.”
For girls tennis in particular, the conference tournaments are next week. If players end up one match short on their conference schedule, it could determine whether or not some players, all of whom are required to have played a minimum number of matches at a particular position, will be eligible for the state tournament. The Boulder girls tennis team was scheduled to play Poudre on Thursday and will hopefully reschedule for Saturday.
Boulder also had a big cross-town Front Range League rivalry game against Fairview scheduled for Thursday. That game has been moved to Monday at 3:30 p.m. The Boulder girls soccer team will also play a rescheduled contest with Fort Collins today. That gives both Boulder baseball and soccer three games next week.
“It’s tough and it’s not ideal but we want to get them all the games they can play,” Warfield said.
Longmont High School rescheduled baseball at Northridge for April 20, girls soccer at home against Centaurus for April 23, and is still looking for a reschedule date for its girls tennis team to play at Thompson Valley.
Peak to Peak girls soccer will now play Lutheran-Parker on May 1. Dawson School soccer is looking at April 27 as a reschedule date for its postponed game against Denver Christian.
Centaurus baseball will now play Thompson Valley at home on April 20.
Mead and Frederick are still looking for a makeup date for their game scheduled for Thursday and are looking at the possibility of playing a doubleheader this Saturday. Erie High School will also likely make up its cancelled Thursday game as part of a doubleheader on Saturday. Monarch and Broomfield cancelled their game on Thursday and have not settled on a make-up date.
Niwot girls tennis moved its dual with Mountain View, which was once rescheduled for April 20, and will now play on April 24.
Thursday’s golf tournament at Loveland’s Olde Course, with Boulder, Broomfield, Legacy and Silver Creek all competing, was also cancelled and rescheduled for April 24.
Scheduling and rescheduling in the spring is no easy task for athletic directors in Colorado. That’s just how it goes seemingly every year.
“My first inclination was that I wish this wouldn’t happen with two weeks left in the regular season,” Silver Creek athletic director Marty Tonjes said. “But it was way worse last year and we’re all in the same boat. Some of our teams might have to play four games next week but we’ll deal with it.”
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