By Ethan Merrill
Holt Journal staff writer
One of the harshest Michigan winters on record is causing games to be canceled and forcing practices indoors as Holt High’s spring sport season begins.
The Rams’ coaches and athletes can do nothing but wait for field conditions to improve.
“We’re just being patient, waiting for the snow to melt,” said Holt Athletic Director Rick Schmidt. “All other schools in the area are going through the same difficulties.”
With Holt’s spring break scheduled for April 7-11, most teams should be preparing to play their first game this week. Instead, swamped fields and inclement weather have already forced cancellations.
Both the girls and boys lacrosse teams had games cancelled over the weekend. The baseball team, scheduled to play Lansing Catholic on March 26, also had its first non-conference bout cancelled.
“Rescheduling is difficult because a makeup date doesn’t always work for both schools,” said Schmidt. “It’s more important than ever to stay organized this sports season.”
Meanwhile, the track and field team is preparing for its first pre-season meet, March 25, at Michigan State University’s Jenison Field House. The indoor meet stands no chance of being canceled.
The Rams have already taken up a positive attitude to deal with being confined inside.
“I look at this season as a ‘glass half-full’ situation,” said Rams’ pole vault coach Grant Melville. “We’re losing space being indoors, but that also provides a better chance for team bonding.”
Track and field members are getting an opportunity to stay in shape with other teammates they wouldn’t typically see during an outdoor practice.
Still, students are anxious to get outside.
“You’re definitely limited practicing indoors,” said junior Brandon Brinkman, a discus and shotput participant. “I’m looking forward to a different routine when the weather clears up.”
Until then, the Rams wait. As snow melts and temperatures rise, there remains hope of salvaging almost all of the scheduled games. Spring break will hopefully provide a week for the grass fields to improve.
“We’re not discouraged any more than previous years,” said Schmidt. “It’s easy to forget that the Upper Peninsula deals with the same thing every spring.”