Lousy weather has hurt athletes

There have probably been as bad – or worse – springs weather-wise for prep sports than this year’s, but I just can’t remember one.

It has been horrible.

Late spring snow storms forced the delay, postponement or outright cancellation of several high school sporting events.

The prep golf season got under way about two weeks late around here when snow drifts were slow to disappear.

I’ve covered a softball game in drizzle and temperatures just above freezing that forced the cancellation of the second game of a doubleheader.

I’ve covered a golf meet that “featured” drizzle, cold temperatures and a steady wind that – in part – led to the cancellation of the final nine holes of play for the girls.

And I’ve covered a tennis meet with wind chills around 30 degrees and a steady 20-25 mph breeze after the event saw snow during early matches.

I’ve had to dress in so many layers to stay warm I’ve looked like the Michelin Man or the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man made popular in the “Ghostbusters” movie.

Where have been the days with abundant sun, a slight breeze and temperatures at least 60 degrees or higher?

I feel sorry for area high school spring athletes who have seen their seasons cut short due to poor weather conditions.

They’ve had to run in school hallways, hit Wiffle golf balls in the Superior Dome and slam tennis balls against school gym walls just to get some practice time.

One local coach, Gwinn High School’s Shaun Clark, even had his golfers hit out of snow piles to simulate sand trap shots.

Local track athletes barely got two weeks of competition in before they were required to take part in regional action to qualify for the U.P. Finals.

How badly this lack of preparation hurt the development of these athletes’ skills this spring is anyone’s guess.

But I wouldn’t think it has helped local prep athletes to properly get ready for this week’s U.P. tournaments and coming district play.

Some dry weather and warmer temperatures the next week or 10 days for high school sporting events could somewhat salvage what has been a horrible spring weather-wise.

While National Weather Service forecasts predict temperatures will be in the mid-60s to mid-70s this week, there will be a good chance of rain over the next several days.

Wouldn’t you know it?

Craig Remsburg can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 251. His email address is cremsburg@miningjournal.