High school sports curtailed by winter's grip

WARRENSBURG-Area high school baseball and softball teams' lineup of sanctioned games will be cut in about half for 2011, as the Adirondack League has cancelled all league games scheduled from March 31 to April 23.

Athletic directors of schools competing in the Adirondack League met last week and decided to postpone the beginning of the Adirondack League matchups to April 25 due to the persistence of snow on many schools' playing fields.

The decision affects Warrensburg High School and North Warren High, as well as their counterparts in Bolton and Lake George. Other schools in the League affected by the decision are Hadley-Luzerne, Corinth, Fort Edward, Hartford, Whitehall, Argyle, Fort Ann and Salem.

The three-week delay in league play and cancellation of about half the season schedule is a relatively rare one in recent history, Adirondack League President Andrew Cook said Monday. Cook serves as principal of Hartford High School.

"We're having difficult weather and 95 percent of our league's athletic directors said their fields weren't yet playable," he said. "We had to reconfigure the schedule so league games would start on April 25 after spring break."

The decision means schools will be playing other teams in the league once rather than twice as initially scheduled. The lineup of 16 or so softball and baseball games traditionally held during the spring season has now been reduced to seven or eight. League officials had considered re-scheduling early games at the end of the season, but doing so presented insurmountable conflicts in school calendars, Cook said.

Individual schools in the league are free to hold scrimmages or non-league games in place of the league games, he said.

Warrensburg Athletic Director Steve Nolan said forecasts of unfavorable weather appeared to crimp such opportunities for play time before spring break.

"At this time, we have no games scheduled for next week," he said Monday.

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