Weather plays havoc with sports schedule

January 21, 2012

Next week is finals week for Hood River Valley students.

It will also now be a week for the HRV girls basketball team to make a trip to Pendleton on Tuesday afternoon.

Blame Mother Nature for that.

A holiday, followed by three days of snow, wiped an entire week of practice time for the Eagles, as well as Horizon Christian.

The Eagle girls were originally supposed to head to Pendleton Tuesday, with the boys hosting the Bucks.

Instead, due to snow, the game was pushed back to this Tuesday - right in the middle of finals week at HRV.

It's not the first choice of anybody, but postponing the game later, combined with any further weather delays, could put teams in a bind at the end of the season.

"We are trying to figure out something… next week is finals week so we may have to do some creative stuff," said HRV Athletic Director Keith Bassham.

Bassham said that HRV's finals start later on Wednesday, and HRV girls coach Tom Ames said they may play the game earlier on Tuesday so that the team does not get back too late.

"The schedule is limited for next week for finals and I try not to schedule much stuff, but we'll have to use those dates … because finals start later Wednesday we should be OK, but it's not my first choice," Bassham said.

In addition to the academic crunch, the snow cancellations create an athletic one, as well.

The HRV swim team was supposed to be ramping up its training with its most intensive week of practices. Instead they haven't been able to get in the pool on an organized basis.

"It was supposed to be our hardest training week and we've had no practice," said HRV swim coach Keith Ebbert.

The team is also supposed to be hosting its Hood River Invitational meet this weekend, and if it does so, would essentially have no practice time leading up to it.

However, the meet itself is in doubt depending on the ability of Eastern Oregon Schools coming from as far away as La Grande to make it to Hood River.

"It's turning out to be a small meet," Ebbert said.

If the tournament can't be held Saturday, Bassham said there is a good chance it will not be held at all with time rapidly dwindling before the district meet.

On Friday morning, the meet was officially cancelled.

The Hood River wrestling team's match against Pendleton, which was canceled Thursday, may be a bit tricky to be rescheduled.

It was supposed to be senior night for the Eagles. Instead the Eagles held an informal - and voluntary - practice for anyone who could make it to the wrestling gym at the high school.

On the team's Facebook page Wednesday, HRV coach Trent Kroll posted a photo of the team's bus buried in deep snow drifts.

The varsity team is heading to Stevenson Saturday for a tournament, and Kroll said the coaches have been in touch with team members throughout the week.

The wrestling team is one of those that has been busy getting exercise despite not being on the matt - Kroll said several had kept themselves occupied clearing snow and branches.

"We've been keeping in contact with everybody and everyone is getting in some workouts, Kroll said. "It's varsity only this weekend and everybody has been dialing in and staying focused."

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