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Geneseo Republic - Geneseo, IL
  • Snowed out: Weather causing problems with start of spring sports season

  • Mother Nature has been wreaking havoc on the Geneseo spring sports season this year, a far cry from last year when the Leafs were battling 80 degree temperatures in March.
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  • Mother Nature has been wreaking havoc on the Geneseo spring sports season this year, a far cry from last year when the Leafs were battling 80 degree temperatures in March.
    This season, the weather has been less than cooperative and, in turn, pushing back the start of several of Geneseo’s teams’ seasons.
    “The weather changes all the time, and we are still waiting for some of the frost to get out of the ground,” said Geneseo athletic director Travis Mackey. “It may look warm enough at times that our teams could play, but the frost is making the ground saturated.
    “We haven’t missed any conference games yet, so we are lucky there. Some of the games we have tried to reschedule, but other games we will just lose. It also depends on our opponents’ schedules. The baseball and softball schedule is a 35-game schedule and now we have six weeks left so it is a little far fetched to make all the games up.”
    The Geneseo girls’ and boys’ track and field teams have been the only squads in action lately with the ability to compete indoors; while the girls’ soccer team was able to get one match in this past weekend.
    Geneseo’s baseball, softball and tennis teams have had to wait the weather out with all the squads’ matches scheduled so far this season being canceled or postponed.
    “There might be some spots that are playable, but the problem is the whole playing surface,” said Mackey. “We have to look at it from a safety standpoint. If we wouldn’t have had this snow we would have been good to go.
    “We are real fortunate that the fields we have are in great shape. It just is a matter of waiting for the weather to break.”
    Mackey also said Geneseo’s teams are fortunate to have the use of the Geneseo Foundation Activity Center and the open space to practice unlike other schools who have to use the gym or hallways.
    “This has been one of those springs where Mother Nature has definitely dictated things,” said Mackey. “The long-term forecast looks good for April, but in April you have to worry about rain all the time. I think we will be able to get our games in, and I am optimistic we will get our games in this weekend.”
     

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