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Weather Makes Spring Sports Schedule a Headache

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Looking over the high school spring sports schedule and you won't see many games being played.

That's no surprise as winter has stretched into spring.

Jon Schaeffer has more as Activities Directors try make this crazy season work in a very short amount of time.

Last year at this time, the crack of wooden bats filled the air and Spring sports were in full swing.

Lorell Jungling, the Mandan Activities Director says, "It was basically no winter it seemed like."

What a difference a year makes.

In Bismarck, 17 inches of snow covers the fields and fairways leaving most Spring high School sports at a standstill.

"I believe that probably in the long run yea this has been the worst case scenario that we've had," says Jungling

Now AD's are working together to figure out how their spring sports schedule will play out.

Lorell says, "We've been talking as conference athletic directors of how we're going to reschedule if we are some activities we're going to reschedule some activities we just basically don't have enough room in our schedule to play so we'll just have to cancel some activities."

The North Dakota High School Activities Association is working with the schools.

They lifted weekly restrictions that limited teams to playing only two nights a week followed by a school day giving AD's some flexibility.

For Baseball specifically, both games of the double headers will now matter in conference standings.

"We normally play one seven and one five inning game each time we play. Now what we're gonna be doing is we're going to be playing both of those games they're going to be counters they're both going to be seven inning counters so that's going to stretch your pitching rotation a little bit," says Jungling

This problem isn't just local. Games were scheduled to begin three weeks ago, yet only a couple games have played throughout the entire state.

This could be a year where teams get just one month to compete. And, that is assuming the weather improves and temperatures warm up.

Lorell Jungling says, "We just have to take what mother nature gives us."

We talked to the North Dakota Activities Association, they said they have never moved back the state tournaments because of a shortened season due to weather issues.

They have a board meeting next week, but don't expect the tournament dates to change.

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