Winter weather postpones local sports

Published 3:03 pm Wednesday, February 25, 2015

The winter weather that continues to slam eastern North Carolina is also having an adverse effect on the NCHSAA basketball state tournament, spring sports’ practice schedules and other athletic events.

Tuesday’s snowfall and the looming threat of more winter weather tomorrow have altered the schedule of multiple state playoff games around the area. After a number of tentative schedule adjustments made by Pamlico County athletic director Earl Sadler and Northside principal Charles Clark, the Northside’s boys’ game against Northampton in Pinetown at 6 p.m., the Northside girls’ game against Roxboro Community in Timberlake at 6 p.m. and the long-awaited Southside boys’ matchup against Pamlico County in Bayboro at 6:30 p.m. will all be held tomorrow if the severe weather yields. If school is canceled, the games will have to be moved back to a later date, once again.

The poor field conditions have also postponed Saturday’s Washington-Northside softball exhibition double-header. The Bobby Andrews Scholarship Committee, the organizer of the event, is hoping the two teams will schedule a regular season game at a later date, although no decision has been made.

And with spring sports beginning on Monday, practices for local teams have come at a premium over the last 10 days due to the weather and the Washington boys’ tennis team, due to poor court conditions, has yet to hold tryouts.

The spring sports season kicks off Monday with the defending state runner-up Washington girls’ soccer teams taking on Northeastern. Washington and Southside baseball and softball teams will start their season on the road — the Pam Pack at Edenton Holmes and the Seahawks at Columbia.

Check the Daily News website for updates on the status of local NCHSAA state tournament games.