It’s hard enough for high school athletic directors to put together a full schedule, but Mother Nature messed with local sports in 2018 more than any year in recent memory.
It started back at the beginning of the year with winter snow storms canceling several basketball games at the beginning of conference play. Triton went two weeks in the middle of January without playing a single game. Then the Hawks averaged about a game every other day the rest of the regular season, playing 10 games in 19 days.
Despite a few April showers, baseball and softball season went relatively smooth. But then came fall, and Hurricane Florence blew everything out of whack. So many areas throughout the state were affected that the NCHSAA pushed back the entire fall playoff schedule. Many local teams found themselves playing odd games Mondays through Thursdays to try and make up conference games. After a 19-day layoff, Overhills’ football team had to play three tough games in nine days. South Johnston’s volleyball team had to play the top three teams in the Greater Neuse Conference in four days.
“It’s one of the toughest weeks of volleyball that I’ve experienced in 12 years of coaching,” South Johnston volleyball coach Matthew Adams said at the time.
The scheduling nightmares didn’t stop there, though. Multiple makeup games had to be rescheduled. One of the biggest local rivalries, Harnett Central and Triton had been rescheduled to Friday, Nov. 2. But, in anticipation of rain, the game was moved up to Thursday, just three days after the Trojans held their homecoming game against Union Pines on Monday.
Local sports fans will be hoping for better records for their respective teams in 2019, but they might also want to ask for better weather.