MHS scrambles to reschedule sports events after bad weather

By Bryan Richardson

The wet, unpredictable spring weather has led to the reshuffling of many sports contests for Manhattan High and the other Kansas schools.

MHS athletic director Mike Marsh said 18 to 20 sports events have been rescheduled so far this spring with only one game - a girls varsity soccer game - being canceled. He said every school in Kansas is experiencing the same problem.

“This is not a normal year for us in terms of rescheduling,” he said. “This is due to the wetter weather of this spring.”

An example of the reshuffling can be seen with the JV/varsity baseball game at home and the JV/varsity softball game at Seaman, which were played Monday after a rescheduling. This caused the JV softball scheduled for Monday to be switched to 4 p.m. Thursday at Anneberg Field No. 5.

“It’s been a frustrating spring,” he said. “Obviously we can’t control what Mother Nature brings us.”

More wet weather appears to be on the horizon for the Manhattan area, which could lead to more cancellations. There’s a 50-percent chance of thunderstorms tonight with a mixture of rain, sleet and snow likely through Friday.

Schools are also running out of time to play the games. Regional seeding for baseball, softball and soccer takes place Saturday, May 11.

“With the weather coming in, it’ll be difficult to play all those games before the 11th,” Marsh said. “The weather doesn’t look favorable over the next few days, unfortunately.”

Marsh said the games would have to be made up by May 10 to be considered in the seeding process. For Manhattan, that means four more dates of baseball by the end of next week.

“Unless we can’t get those games played by that time, we can’t use those records,” he said.

The weather is also causing the student athletes to play more games than typical during a week. Marsh said the goal is to provide minimal disruption to a student’s class time.

Marsh said baseball and softball games are normally played once or twice a week, but it is now occurring as often as three times a week.

“Sometimes in soccer, we have to play as many as four dates,” he said. “Normally, when that occurs, we play on Saturday if we’re able to make that happen.”

Marsh said factors into rescheduling include finding dates that work for two schools, making sure a facility is available, having the right number of workers can be present, and finding umpires and officials on short notice.

“It’s a list that goes on and on of every folk down the line that’s needed,” he said.

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