Athletic departments in wait-and-see mode after more cancellations

Weather still continues to play havoc with this weekend’s athletic schedules, including tonight’s high school basketball games and the start of area wrestling tournaments.

After two days of snow and ice that pretty much brought Coweta County and all the metro Atlanta area to a standstill, even some thawing Thursday wasn’t enough for schools to hold classes today, forcing varsity basketball games for East Coweta, Newnan and Northgate to be cancelled for the second time this week.

Northgate also had the first day of the Area 4-AAAAA wrestling tournament at McIntosh put on hold.

As of Thursday, school officials were working to salvage as much as Saturday’s schedule as possible. Most decisions expect to be made by noon today.

Hanging in the balance is Saturday’s Area 3-AAAAAA wrestling tournament at East Coweta just as Northgate awaits word of when it can begin the 4-AAAAA event. Both need to be completed by Tuesday at 1 p.m., to get results to the Georgia High School Association for next week’s state sectionals.

“Just in case I’ve got a couple of contingency plans and both contingency plans are within that time frame,” said Indians head wrestling coach Josh Herring. “There’s no way we’re going to have a tournament if it puts the kids at risk. We’ll be extra ready to go before they announce everything.”

Herring has communicated with 3-AAAAAA coaches and plans to hold an ‘electronic’ seeding meeting today by e-mail in order to get weight division brackets ready.

“I talked with Douglas County [Thursday] and they’re good to go. The ones I’ve talked to said we’re good to go,” Herring said. “We’re going to figure it out.”

Meanwhile, some of tonight’s scheduled events among the county’s private schools could be played even though Heritage and Trinity students will also be out of school.

Heritage, which is scheduled to host cross-town Region 1-AAA rival Trinity Christian, hopes to play tonight’s basketball doubleheader. The Georgia Independent Schools Association, unlike the GHSA, allows its members to play on a missed day of school as long as safety requirements are met.

Today’s temperatures are expected to be well over freezing before reaching an expected high in the mid 60s by Sunday.

“We have missed games already this week and would love to play if we can, but we are not going to endanger people just to play a basketball game,” Heritage athletic director Ron Rineer said. “We are just going to wait and see.”

A similar decision is expected to be made about the games before noon today.

If East Coweta and Northgate basketball teams are allowed to play on Saturday, however, its scheduled non-region game will not go on.

Northgate, which already has a previous make-up with Creekside from Jan. 7 school closings, now has two more games against Region 4B-AAAAA foes Whitewater and Starr’s Mill to reschedule before the end of the regular season next Friday.

Lady Vikings head coach Matt Trucks said Thursday that the school was hoping to reschedule the region makeup with Starr’s Mill for Saturday, if possible.

Northgate has already rescheduled games with Whitewater for Monday and Creekside for next Friday.

East Coweta and Newnan basketball teams are equally facing a pair of Region 3-AAAAAA makeup games to go along with scheduled games next Tuesday and Friday, the latter against each other to close the regular season.

Each will have to play at least three games next week and a possible fourth if one of the makeups can’t be rescheduled for Saturday.

Region basketball tournaments begin the week of Feb. 10.



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