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Season's fleeting for what's left of Minnesota high school spring sports

By JIM PAULSEN, Star Tribune, 04/19/18, 6:30PM CDT


After last weekend’s storm, hundreds of games have been scrapped. One local official says it could be May before outdoor fields are ready for play.

For high school athletes, coaches and athletic directors, the delinquent spring of 2018 has gone from tolerable annoyance to a real pain in the agenda.

Last weekend’s snowstorm further crippled a sports season that had barely gotten rolling. While a few teams have been able to squeeze in a game or meet, most have been idle, passing most of April with improvised indoor practices and outdoor playing surface maintenance. Athletic directors are scrambling to secure precious practice time at indoor domes.

Hundreds of baseball and softball games and boys’ tennis matches have been cancelled and will not be made up. There’s no clear sign of when grass ballfields will be playable. While sunny or rainy weather will help melt snow, there’s still the need to thaw frozen ground and dry it out.

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