The prep indoor track and field season is fully underway here in Manitowoc County. Prep soccer, baseball, soccer and golf? Not so much.
While all four of the sports have begun practicing, and were scheduled to compete as early as two weeks ago, none have been able to step foot on a playing field to compete in their first regular-season games.
“Everyone gets a little restless (with the cancellations),” Two Rivers athletic directors Matt LaTour said. “It’s hard trying to practice things indoors, then it becomes a scheduling nightmare trying to get everything in and trying to get officials and umpires (for rescheduled events).”
LaTour said all of Two Rivers’ non-track and field events have been canceled for next week, the school’s spring break. Manitowoc Lincoln also canceled its non-track events for this week — its spring break — and next week, athletic director John Johnson announced on Thursday.
Asked about when he would expect games to start being played, LaTour chuckled and said he is hopeful that nothing after April 8 will be canceled or postponed, adding that is when the schedules for the prep athletic teams in Manitowoc County become really packed.
“Everybody is the same way, just wondering when they will be able to get out and play and kind of rolling their eyes wondering when spring is going to arrive,” LaTour said. “It’s just frustrating to everybody.”
The situation isn’t exactly new to the area’s athletic directors and those student athletes who have been competing in spring prep sports for the past couple of years.
Two years ago, LaTour recalled, the snow wasn’t as bad as it is now, but rain and other weather factors caused most of the fields unable to be played on. Most of the prep events that season were being canceled well into April.
“It’s not an uncommon occurrence (to cancel events in the spring),” LaTour said. “We live in Wisconsin, so you have to go with it.”