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Spring sports schedules are getting crazier

Posted Thursday, April 30, 2009, at 6:44 PM

Admittedly, spring is the craziest time of the year for high school sports.

In Greene County and Union (Dugger), there are 31 high school varsity spring sports teams. That may not sound like a lot but there are only 12 area high school basketball teams that we try to cover during the winter.

I am sure that most athletic directors pull out their hair when it comes to trying to notify everyone when events are canceled or postponed by inclimate weather, let along trying to find umpires or officials to be able to reschedule events.

According to WTWO-TV in Terre Haute, they have received over seven inches of rain in the first 27 days of April. Because of this, the May calendar will be even more loaded with events.

Sectionals in girls tennis, boys and girls track, softball, baseball and boys golf are set to run between May 19 and June 8.

As crazy as May will be, thanks to the Indiana High School Athletic Association, the month will get even crazier.

The IHSAA does a good job of orchestrating an impossible schedule, but they decided to make some changes that I am at a loss to understand.

In recent years, the softball and baseball sectionals were in separate weeks. Softball was the week before Memorial Day with the baseball sectional the following week, actually starting on Memorial Day.

The best part of the old system was that the weekend of the girls softball regional was almost an open date for baseball, unless you had rain outs. But starting this year -- Saturday, June 6 -- the baseball regionals and softball regionals will be the same day. It would be tough on fans from Shakamak, Clay City, Riverton Parke or Rockville, North Central, North Daviess, or other schools, to make a choice which event to attend if they are fortunate to have two sectional champs.

There are always going to be conflicts in spring sports, but to make a choice that could or will ultimately lead to conflict leaves a bit to be desired.

The likely dates for the softball sectionals will be May 25-27 this year. I was asking one of the athletic directors at a host school and he said they were going to wait to see what dates will be used for their local baseball sectional before they officially name dates for the softball sectional. Why have ADs have to make that choice?

The boys baseball sectionals can start as early as Thursday, May 28 and must be completed by Tuesday, June 2. With the regionals moved to the next weekend, the state tournament won't conclude until June 20.

Next year and in the years ahead, there will still be potential conflicts, but at least the softball sectionals will be the week before Memorial Day starting in 2010.

But what this means is that baseball, starting next year, will potentially be played on Memorial Day (I have come to terms with working this holiday every year), but consume parts of the entire holiday weekend. Family time has to take a back seat to spring sports, I guess.

I am fortunate to have a sport writers as talented as Travis David on our staff. But no matter how much we want it, the two of us cannot be everywhere at the same time. Hopefully mother nature will cooperate (ha! ha!) and the tournaments will go off without conflict.

I am betting there is as much of a chance of that happening as getting a week without rain any time soon. But we can always hope.

Oversight: Sorry that I forgot to mention Jared Rehmel's individual accomplishments at Shakamak High School when I was talking about boys basketball players that had scored a lot in games in recent seasons.

To be honest, the timing worked out where I did not see any of Rehmel's basketball playing days at SHS.

To set the record straight, Rehmel scored 42 points in a 68-59 Laker win at Rockville Dec. 20, 2005. I am not sure about his other big-time scoring games.

Rehmel finished his career with 1,126 points, which I believe is fourth all-time on the Laker boys list.

B.J. Hargis is sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at hargisbj@yahoo.com or (812) 847-4487, ext. 12.


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