From the state that brought you snow cancellations in May comes postponements because of heat advisories for fall sports.
With record heat and humidity stifling the area, prep sports events are taking a back seat again.
“There is no game important enough to put people’s health at risk,” St. Cloud Cathedral activities director Emmett Keenan said.
That’s why Cathedral moved its nonconference volleyball match Tuesday night to Annandale. The Cardinals’ gym has air conditioning.
“I think the North Gym (at Cathedral) would not be a good place to be (Tuesday) night,” Keenan said.
Many events were postponed Monday and some already are being rescheduled for Tuesday.
St. John’s Prep and Sauk Rapids postponed their boys’ and girls’ soccer matches because of the heat. No makeup date has been determined.
“We’re into a situation that’s a little bit above the norm around here,” St. John’s Prep activities director Bryan Backes said. “It’s definitely amazing.”
Meanwhile, Sartell and Sauk Rapids play volleyball at 7:30 p.m. Thursday because Sauk Rapids’ gym is air-conditioned.
“It’s crazy,” Sartell activities director John Ross said.
Sartell’s gymnasium is not air conditioned and has condensation on the floor, making it a hazard not just because of temperatures.
“It’s Minnesota,” Sauk Rapids activities director Luke Lutterman said. “What do you do? You roll with it. We’ll just flip the schedule around (with Sartell) and play them at their place in October.” Added Lutterman: “It should be fine.”
The Sabres also called off all events scheduled for Tuesday including volleyball with Moorhead (to Sept. 16) and boys’ and girls’ soccer at Brainerd (Sept. 30). A girls tennis match with St. Cloud Tech has no makeup date.
Expect more changes if conditions don’t change.
“It (the weather) has gotten to the point where it’s just so off the grid right now,” Ross said. “We’re having a lot of extreme temperatures.”
About 400 athletes from across the Central Lakes Conference are expected for a sportsmanship and leadership clinic Wednesday at Sartell High Schol.
“We’ve always had sportsmanship and leadership days in the conference before in different ways and different venues,” Ross said. “This time, we’re trying something different.”
Jody Redman, an associate director at the Minnesota State High School League, will speak. About 45 students from each of the nine CLC schools and 26 varsity sports will participate.
“I think the big thing is we’re trying to incorporate some lessons with discussions about sportsmanship and positive leadership throughout the conference,” Ross said. “We get the captains and discuss what it means to be a positive leader and hope they bring that back to their teams and that makes all of our games better.”
Incidences in the CLC have been rare. Ross said he thinks the message is working.
“In the CLC, we like to be proactive,” he said. “We want to work on it before something happens on the front side before something happens and then we have to deal with it on the backside with kicking kids out of contests and such.”
They just might be the best father-son tennis playing combo in the city at the moment.
Paul and Riley Bates won a summer tournament in Paul Bates’ hometown of Willmar. Paul Bates is St. Cloud Tech’s girls and boys head tennis coach, a Willmar High School graduate and former St. Cloud State player. Riley Bates is a senior at Tech, currently playing linebacker for the football team, but also a hockey player and excellent tennis player who was in the state tournament last June.
“He’s probably not the quickest, obviously,” Riley Bates said with a grin about his father. “But he’s probably one of the smartest players around.”
The Bates duo beat another father-son combination from Willmar, Neil and Brady Rademacher. Neil was a high school buddy of Paul Bates. Brady Rademacher is a sophomore in college.
The Bates’ twosome beat the Rademachers in 2011, too. They didn’t play last year.
Paul Bates’ Tech girls tennis team is ranked ninth in the state in Class 2A. The Tigers’ Taylor Tarrolly is ranked ninth in the state Class 2A ratings.
Foley is ranked sixth in Class A and Melrose is ninth.
Cathedral plays its homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 27 at St. Cloud State against Foley. The Falcons figure to be one of the better teams in the Granite Ridge Conference this year.
Cathedral graduate Sam Greeney-Hamlin has been named a captain on the Hamline volleyball team. She’s in her fourth season with the Pipers, having led them in kills the past three years.