Winter weather shuffles sports schedules
Area high schools and colleges scramble to reschedule events after heavy snow and ice
The snowstorms, freezing rain and inclement weather of the past week have wreaked havoc on the sports schedules of area high schools and Pacific University.
In all, more than a dozen area teams have been forced to make adjustments to their schedules because of the storms, which swept in on Thursday and kept school out of session or at least starting late in Pacifics case through Monday.
For Forest Grove, Fridays basketball doubleheader at Glencoe has been postponed to Wednesday. The schedule shift means this should be a busy week of three games for the teams. Both were slated to face Century on Tuesday, with the girls at home and the boys on the road. Results were not available at press deadline. Forest Grove is also supposed to host a doubleheader against Hilhi on Friday.
The Vikings wrestling dual against Century originally slated for last Thursday has been shifted to Wednesday evening. The competition is not only senior night but also staff appreciation night, so the teams seniors as well as some of their favorite educators will be honored. The varsity portion of the meet begins at 7 p.m.
Like their Forest Grove counterparts, Banks girls and boys basketballs squads were supposed to play last Friday, with their contests kicking off the second half of Cowapa League play against Yamhill-Carlton. Those games have been moved to Thursday. Tip-off of the girls game is at 5:30 p.m., followed by the boys contest at 7.
The Banks swim teams appearance at the Cowapa League Championships, which had been slated for last Friday in St. Helens, has been canceled. The Braves will be back in action on Friday and Saturday at the Class 4A/3A/2A/1A Special District 1 meet in Astoria.
As for the wrestling team, its triple dual meet against Yamhill-Carlton, Seaside and Astoria has been bumped from last Friday to Thursday at Yamhill-Carlton. The Cowapa League Championships, which the Tigers were supposed to host on Saturday, have been moved to Friday in Astoria because of scheduling conflicts at Yamhill-Carlton.
For the Gaston basketball teams, their trip to Neah-Kah-Nie had to be rescheduled twice from its original Friday date. The first make-up date was slated for Monday, but school cancelations resulted in another change, this time to Wednesday. Before that, the Greyhounds were slated to be back in action Tuesday night with games against Nestucca. Results of those contests were not available are press deadline.
Pacifics teams also were affected by the weather. The basketball teams Friday evening doubleheader against George Fox had been rescheduled originally for Feb. 18, but Northwest Conference officials decided it should be staged on Tuesday. Results were not available at press deadline.
On Friday, both teams will play at Pacific Lutheran in Tacoma, Wash. They return home Saturday for a doubleheader against Lewis & Clark. The womens game will start at 6 p.m., followed by the mens contest at 8.
As for the Pacific track and field team, its trip to Idaho over the weekend to compete in the Vandal Open and Vandal Indoor meets in Moscow, Idaho, was canceled.
Additionally, the baseball team had been scheduled to make its season debut this past weekend at the Boxer Invitational in Hillsboro. The event had been slated for Sunday at Hillsboro Ballpark but was postponed.
Those contests would have been the first college games played at the facility, home of the minor-league Hillsboro Hops. The new date was not available at press time. Go to goboxers.com for more schedule information.