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Morning snow caps a wintry week

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 8 April 2016 at 12:00 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Medina’s Vets Park was covered with a fresh blanket of white this morning capping off a weather plagued week that has caused dozens of area high school sports event postponements and cancellations.

The light blanket of new snow this morning provided an almost appropriate cap on a wintery weather week which has raised havoc with early season high school sports schedules thanks to a combination of snow, rain and cold temperatures.

In all over 40 area high school baseball, softball, tennis and lacrosse contests were either postponed or cancelled over the last five days due to the weather.

“It’s what we deal with almost every spring. That’s living in Western New York and we’re used to it,” said Albion High Athletic Director Randy Knaak. “For me as an A.D. it just means a little more paperwork and a few more phone calls but the ones I really feel for the most in times like this are the coaches and players. After all, the coaches and players don’t know from one day to the next if they’ll have a game or will be practicing indoors. They are the ones I really feel for.”

The most recent postponements were today’s scheduled Niagara-Orleans League baseball and softball openers matching Medina vs. Newfane, Albion vs. Wilson and Akron vs. CSAT as well as Lyndonville’s baseball and softball games against Barker and Elba respectively and the Medina vs. Gowanda/Silver Creek lacrosse game.

However, if there was one bright spot, at least for N-O athletic directors, it is that the league lost only one round of baseball, softball and tennis contests. Had a week of bad weather like this come later in the season, when two or three rounds of games could have been lost, then the task of putting together a make-up schedule would have been much more challenging.