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High school sports curtailed by winter's grip

While North Warren High School and Lake George High have competed in tennis matches held on campuses of schools in warmer neighboring counties, the Warrensburg High School tennis team has not been competing because their schedule called for matches on their home court at Echo Lake Camp, which is still unplayable due to accumulated snow and wet, cold weather, Nolan said.

Monday, April 4, Warrensburg Varsity Baseball Team members were chopping through snow piles several feet deep on a playing field behind the local elementary school in an effort to maximize game opportunities.

Digging down to the ground and spreading out the snow allows the sun to melt the built-up snow and ice faster, making the fields playable sooner, Varsity Baseball coach Rex Reynolds said. As of Friday, April 1, there were 19 inches of snow atop an inch of ice on the Varsity Baseball field behind the high school, he said.

While the snow persists on the play fields in Warrensburg, the high school baseball and softball teams have been practicing in the school district's two gymnasiums, tossing balls back and forth and swinging bats in batting cages.

In Chestertown, high school athletic fields were covered with 18 inches of snow and ice, North Warren Central Athletic Director Jason Humiston reported.

He said his school's Varsity athletes were outside daily practicing in the student parking lot, which is big enough to set up a full infield.

North Warren's softball and baseball teams scrimmaged Granville on Thursday, March 31, and they will be competing in non-sanctioned games against Hartford on Thursday, April 14.

Nolan said that he and other athletic officials were hoping the cold wet weather would relent and allow interscholastic competition to begin.

"Hopefully, it will stay warm at night," he said. "That's what gets rid of snow."

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