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SUPERIOR - The middle of April is supposed to be a budding time for
spring sports teams, but thanks to old man winter empty ball fields have turned
into packed high school gyms.
"We have a schedule. We rotate with baseball and we've
just been doing what we can, making do with what you have," said Superior softball
coach, Amy Zembo.
The Superior softball team is just one of nearly every
spring sports team in the state who's had to practice inside and cancel games.
"Every time I send out an email about cancelling
something I kind of joke with our parent group or community and say we're still
undefeated in the spring," said Ray Kosey, athletics director at Superior
The only varsity competitions that Superior High School has
competed in this spring are indoor track and field. But, despite the lack of
games, there hasn't been much talk of pushing back the spring sports season.
"We have tournaments at facilities that are booked too
so we can't just say we're going to move our state tournament back another
weekend because that facility may not be open," said Kosey.
For now, all cancelled games will not be rescheduled. The focus
is on having playing fields ready once conference season begins. That may also
mean eliminating junior varsity games to get in varsity doubleheaders.
"It sucks to have all these games come at once because
of course I want to throw all these games, especially if they're going to be
conference games and I just hope my arm can hold," said Alison Wainionpaa,
a senior pitcher for the Spartans.
But, with another round of bad weather on its way, it
appears players and coaches are still one step closer to winter than spring.
"I'm hoping for spring to come," said Zembo.
The Superior softball team will play its first game Friday.
It will be indoors at the Irish Sports Dome in Rosemount, Minnesota.
As far as their first game outside, they're aiming for May 2nd
against Duluth East. That game would be on turf.