Cold weather causing havoc for high school sports

Published: Jan. 30, 2019 at 6:08 PM CST
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The cold weather is affecting all aspects of life in the area, including high school sports.

"No I have never seen it (this cold), and I’ve lived here all my life,” said Newman Catholic athletic director Paul Michlig. “So this is pretty cold. So this is unique, and safety first and you know (that’s) number one."

Most athletic directors in the Wausau area have seen plenty of snow-outs affect their jobs at different points, but games cancelled just due to the cold? Well that's a different story. The brutal wind chill temperatures have caused school cancellations throughout the area, and thrown athletic directors into survival mode.

“So Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday are pretty chaotic right now,” says D.C. Everest AD James Sekel. “Everything was postponed on Tuesday, and then Wednesday we don't have anything, and then tomorrow everything is postponed as well. So we're going to try to get in some practice time on Thursday, and then hopefully the games go on as scheduled on Friday, depending on those weather gods and the polar vortex."

The toughest part often isn't rescheduling games, but factors more along the lines of getting officials to work those games, and making sure special events go off without a hitch.

"It's odd because you've got like senior nights and things like that coming up at this time of year,” says Michlig. “Those are the things that to be honest with you are more difficult to worry about, to make sure those kids get their recognition that they deserve and stuff like that."

The timing of the postponements is also not ideal, with the regular season winding down across all winter sports in the next few weeks, the clock is ticking.

"Playoffs (are) coming up and you've got two weeks I think left for girls basketball for example,” says Michlig. “So it's got to get done, bottom line it's got to get done."

Sekel says: "The hockey and the girls basketball are really kind of getting hit right now. Boys we have a little more leeway, but the hockey and girls basketball, we're really kind of up against it here as we head towards the WIAA tournament series."

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