School sports take a hit amidst cold weather

Wayne High School basketball

HUBER HEIGHTS, Ohio (WDTN) – It is a battle between rivals as the girls at Wayne High School take on Centerville.

Between the weather and the competition, it has been just as tough on the fans.

“It’s awful cold tonight but the good news is we don’t have any more snow,” said Bob Estelle. “I’m just blessed I can come out and see my granddaughter play tonight.”

But for a few teams, there might not be many more games left to play.

The cold weather that has cancelled school has had fewer athletes running down the court.

“Right now, we think we’ll be able to make them up,” said John Russell. His daughter is on the junior varsity basketball team at Wayne High School. “Just like everybody else, with the school schedule getting shortened it may not happen.”

It is certainly something schools around the area do not want to lose.

“One thing you want your young people to do is participate,” said Jay Minton, Athletic Director for Huber Heights City Schools. “Trying to get all the events in and scheduled and rescheduled has been quite an experience.”

Minton said this winter has been the toughest he has seen in his 16 years on the job.

He said when it comes to the health of the athletes, no game takes precedence.

“There are so many facets that go into it whether you cancel school versus cancelling an athletic event,” said Minton. “When it gets down to it, the main facet is safety.”

No matter what the weather outside may be, if there is a game you can always expect a few die-hard fans.

“I would come out for my granddaughter if it was 52 below,” said Estelle.

They are just hoping those days are long gone.

 

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