This Friday, baseball will attempt to be the first high school sport to play outdoors this spring. So KX Sports went around and asked the weather experts — and by experts we mean coaches — when they predict they will get to practice and play outside.
“At the beginning,” St. Mary’s head baseball coach Mike Feldman said, “I was thinking middle April would be the earliest. But with the way everything is been going with the snowmelt, I’m thinking early April might be looking good. It’s still a stretch.”
“The end of April-May,” Bismarck High boys track and field coach Darrell Anderson said, “Our first meet might be the State meet. I’m not sure, we’ll have to see what happens. We call it the “T” factor. Basketball Tournaments and Track. That many Ts and we get bad weather.”
“As long as the track is cleared,” Century girls track and field coach Brennan Doan said, “we’re good. But then, you kind of take into account jumping too. You can’t jump into a bunch of mud. So I would say a couple of weeks into April maybe.”
“I would say it’s probably more toward the second or third week in April before we will be outside for a track meet,” St. Mary’s boys and girls track and field coach Tavis Friedt said. “The track is going to be clear sooner than the rest of the competition areas. We’ll be waiting on the fields to dry for the throwing events.”
“I like playing weatherman,” Bismarck High girls track and field coach Tim Kolsrud said. “I brought it up the other day with the girls and I said, ‘Let’s lay it down, when’s the first day of practice going to be outside at the Bowl?’ Everybody just kind of looked at me. I said, ‘It’s going to be a while.'”
Track and field held their first meet last Friday, but that was indoors in Fargo at the Shelly Ellig Indoor Track and Field Facility.