The threat of winds and rains from Hurricane Dorian forced the closure of public schools today and Wednesday, which throws the fall sports scheduled all out of whack for a couple of days.
Friday’s football games, the first thing that comes to most people’s minds, have already been affected (see below), but volleyball, golf, swimming and cross country are in season right now. For example, a ton of volleyball was scheduled for tonight.
Here’s how Friday football has been affected:
Osceola at Cocoa – canceled. Brevard County schools are also closed Thursday. The teams don’t share a bye week (Osceola’s is Week 11, right before the playoffs).
“They canceled our game (Monday),” Kowboys Doug Nichols said, noting his team now gets a second bye week this season – that it didn’t want. “We needed to play them.”
Harmony at Palm Bay – Brevard County officials said they’d work to move it to Oct. 11. Luckily they share a bye week.
“I want to try to figure it out. We need to play them,” said Longhorns Coach Don Simon, echoing a sentiment that losing one of just 10 games isn’t good.
Gateway at St. Cloud – moved to Sept. 27. Again, lucky shared bye week.
“We haven’t played since Thursday (a 41-7 win over Golden, Colo.) and haven’t practiced or seen our kids since Friday,” Bulldogs Coach Bryan Smart said. “It’s just easier having the same bye week than try to make this work this week.”
Poinciana at Tohopekaliga – tenatively still set for Friday, according to Tigers’ Coach Marc Deas. The game was switched weeks ago from Poinciana to Tohopekaliga because Poinciana’s field has been very, very, very wet since Kickoff Classic week.
Sebring at Liberty – no word yet, still scheduled in Kissimmee on Friday at 7 p.m. accoriding to Chargers’ Coach Brandon Pennington.
“We’re waiting to be told school is normal Thursday,” he said. “We make decisions from there. My principal told me school will be normal Thursday pending any damage from tonight. Damage and there’s no school Thursday, but it’s more than just our place. Bus routes, neighborhoods, roads, etc.”
Celebration is on its bye week, and hosts Osceola next week.
Plenty of volleyball was scheduled for tonight – Gateway at Osceola, St. Cloud at Lake Nona, Harmony at Poinciana, Tohopekaliga at East River,
Liberty was scheduled to host Cypress Creek Wednesday at Celebration was headed to Haines City.
“Losing one match doesn’t hurt too much but ruins the flow of things,” said Osceola Coach Carrie Palmi, who last saw her players in a match win at Lakeland on Thursday. “We’ll try to reschedule it, but we already have weeks with four matches later on.”
She said it was told to her school would “probably” be back in Thursday, and the Kowgirls are scheduled to host Plant City Durant at 7.
“We’ll try to have a serve-and-volley practice right after school to knock rust off,” Palmi said. “Some of my girls have been sending me videos of them working out on their own.”
St. Cloud is scheduled to host Winter Haven on Thursday, and Harmony is scheduled at Winter Park Trinity Prep.