Sports teams across our community are struggling to effectively practice after the snow has kept them from playing on the field.
Several games have been postponed or canceled due to snow on the ground.
“It has never been this bad so it’s kind of crazy that it’s this bad my senior year,” says N.E.W. Lutheran softball player Mikala Perino. “It’s just been a crazy year for sports here at N.E.W.”
If not for the snow that’s made a home on this field’s home plate, N.E.W.’s softball and baseball teams would’ve played 10-12 games at this point in the season.
So far they’ve only played one.
“We’ve definitely had some struggles in the past, nothing of this magnitude,” says senior baseball player Bennett Reisler. “But we definitely have gone through some struggles in spring sports with just the wetness and the rain that keeps coming.”
And they don’t suspect their troubles will end once the snow melts.
“Even when it doesn’t melt it’s still going to be muddy and puddly so it’s not gonna be ideal softball weather,” says Perino. “But we’re going to suffer through it and just play with what we got.”
The Packerland conference’s athletic directors have constantly had to postpone and schedule games, which the school’s principal says has been a stressful task.
“The athletic directors do a great job communicating with each other from school to school and I know they do a great job communicating with the coaches,” says N.E.W. principal James McClellan. “It just becomes a matter of having to have a level of flexibility as far as day to day.”
Teams have resorted to practicing indoors, even the track team.
Either way it’s just not the same as being on the green.
“I think the toughest part is just not being able to get fly balls as an outfielder and stuff like that,” says Reisler. “You can’t really get a feel as a batter for a pitcher, stuff like that so it’s just hard to get those environmental factors in there because those are real parts of baseball.”