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Weather Delays Start of Spring Seasons
Despite an assurance from the most famous groundhog in Pennsylvania eight weeks ago that spring was right around the corner, so far the high school spring sports have been stymied by very wintry weather.
A pair of unexpectedly heavy snowstorms and a non-relenting cold snap disrupted the nearly three weeks of pre-season practices and, starting last Friday, put a hold on scheduled games for both Wyalusing Valley and Elk Lake.
While cold weather has rarely been a deterrent to the spring schedules—it rarely feels like spring around here until May anyway—it became impossible for baseball and softball teams to take the fields that were snow- and/or mud-covered.
To date, Wyalusing postponed home softball games with Tunkhannock and Montrose and baseball games with Sullivan County and Montrose. No make-up dates are scheduled at this time.
The track schedule has also been affected. While the Rams did get in Tuesday's meet at Hughesville, two of the three other teams slated to appear at tonight's (March 31) home opener— Tunkhannock and Sayre—have withdrawn from the event, leaving only Northeast Bradford.
Wyalusing was slated to attend the Windsor (NY) Invitational on Saturday, but that has been cancelled.
Given the dire forecast of snow and rain for Friday, that day's baseball game with Elk Lake and Saturday's home softball game with Loyalsock are in jeopardy.
As it was, the site of the Elk Lake baseball game was undecided because both schools wanted to see which field would be playable first.
Elk Lake has also lost a few games to the weather.
It's unlikely if the weather had been good last Friday that the scheduled baseball and softball games at Dunmore would have been played, given the Lady Bucks' PIAA basketball championship game that afternoon.
Monday's baseball game at Northeast Bradford was also postponed.