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Weather takes toll on spring sports seasons

Unpredictable weather creates backlog of games and matches

Jake Reidenbach and Andrew Murphy

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Spring weather in Meadville is unpredictable, and this year has been no exception. Unseasonably low temperatures combined with high rainfall totals have led to the postponements, cancellations and relocating of baseball, softball, tennis and golf games and matches.

According to the North Coast Athletic Conference web-page, all conference matches and games will be made up. However, non-conference games are subject to time availability as many are being canceled all together. These constant schedule changes have lead to a backlog of games in the latter half of the season.

Zach Anderson, ’19, an Allegheny tennis player, said there are some positives to more matches at the end of the year.

“We should be a little better by the end of the season,” Anderson said.

However, Cooper Miller, ‘20, feels that practicing inside can often present certain challenges.

“[Indoor courts] are much, much faster,” Miller said. “It’s a lot different playing conditions.”

One sport that has not seen any cancellations due to weather is the men’s and women’s track and field team. Track and field is rarely canceled due to weather as many of the early outdoor season matches are held in cold temperatures and precipitation. This still presents a problem for team member Katelynn Frawley, ’20.

“The team has had a little trouble staying in it mentally,” Frawley said. “Having nice weather usually helps with motivation.”

Although spring weather in Meadville is unpredictable, Gator spring sport athletes are hoping the second half of their season brings warmer temperatures and drier conditions.

To keep track of all postponements and make-up contests, visit www.alleghenysports.com.

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