Snow forces postponement of most games
Deer Lakes athletics director Jan McDowell did not make it to school Thursday, although most of the student body did after a two-hour delay.
McDowell was ill, but still was busy fielding calls about athletic events.
“On days like this, even when you’re sick, there’s no lying around,” McDowell said. “You still have to get things taken care of.”
There was plenty of snow on the ground Thursday, which forced postponements of nearly all local high school sporting events.
Although Deer Lakes held classes, its boys and girls basketball games were rescheduled. The Lancer boys will play Ford City at 7:30 p.m. tonight, while the girls will play at Gateway at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
McDowell said Ford City contacted Deer Lakes and thought it would be in their best interest to avoid traveling Route 28 Thursday evening.
“After talking with state police, they thought it was not a good idea,” McDowell said.
Since all basketball games this week are nonsection — section play begins Monday — some coaches do not see a reason to make up some games.
The Freeport at Kittanning game, for instance, likely will not be played.
“There just isn’t a good spot on the schedule for it right now,” Kittanning athletic director Todd Harvey said.
As with most local schools, Kittanning canceled classes Thursday. Only Deer Lakes and Riverview had school.
Another boys basketball games pushed back a day was St. Joseph at Burrell. That game will be played 7:30 p.m. tonight at Burrell.
Cheswick Christian Academy and Trinity Christian will reschedule their game. Cheswick coach Todd Rosio said the date and time of the game is yet to be determined.
Girls games likely to be made up at a later date include Cheswick Christian Academy at Trinity Christian, Kittanning at Leechburg and Plum at Valley.
“The (Plum-Valley) game will be made up, we’re just unsure right now as to when,” Valley athletic director Frank Link said.
Three swimming meets also were affected by the sudden snow storm. Plum and Deer Lakes will make up their meet Dec. 12. The McKeesport at Valley meet will be contested Dec. 21, while Fox Chapel and Upper St. Clair have not set a make-up date.
Ice hockey teams at Valley, Plum and Fox Chapel braved the wintery conditions and played games Thursday.
Deer Lakes, Freeport and Kittanning postponed their games.
Another Fox Chapel schedule change, unrelated to the weather, involves the boys basketball team. The Foxes’ game scheduled to be played at Woodland Hills Tuesday will be played at Fox Chapel. The teams’ second meeting, Jan. 17, will be at Woodland Hills.
The change is due to a conflict with the Allegheny County Wrestling Tournament.