Mother Nature racking up wins this spring

Monday, May 16, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Le Mars Community soccer player Natalie Vanderloo kicks the ball in Thursday’s game against Sioux City East. Play was suspended just past the midway point of the 40 minute first half due to severe thunderstorms in the area. After being sent to the locker room to try to wait out the storm, a lightning strike after the players came back on the field officially led to the game being called. It was one of more than 100 athletic competitions from local schools which have been cancelled or rescheduled this spring due to weather.

REGIONAL — The Le Mars Community girls soccer team made the trek down to play Sioux City East on Thursday. The weather was in stark contrast to much of the rest of this spring as temperatures broke the record of 91 set back back in 1940, climbing to 93 degrees. That was before a set of thunderstorms rolled through the area, the threat of which had already postponed that day’s scheduled state qualifying track meets.

As the game was about to begin at 4:30 p.m., sirens signaling a severe thunderstorm warning approaching the area went off. Play was started and lasted for about 20 minutes of the first half before teams were sent to the locker rooms in hopes the weather would move past the area.

As the Le Mars girls and some fans huddled into a cramped locker room filled with football tackling dummies, most of the storm went around the area.

After about a 25 minute wait, the players returned to the field with the hopes of restarting the game. However, a bolt of lightning in the sky led to what would have been at least another 30 minutes of waiting, so the game was called off.

With no current plans to reschedule or complete the game and not reaching the amount of time needed to be considered a full game, the game will be considered a no contest according Le Mars Activities Director Karlton Hector. He said it’s been a frustrating spring for the athletes.

“It’s been frustrating for all the coaches and athletes wanting to get in games and contests and they just haven’t been able to get the number of activities in that they’re used to, so when it comes to postseason time, you don’t have as much experience,” Hector said.

The cancellation was the latest of more than 100 different schedule changes this spring for local schools. That includes numerous cancellations along with rescheduled dates.

Hector said it has been challenging for himself and assistant AD Troy Caswell to try to reschedule events.

“We try to do our best to get as many things in as we can, but with lots of stuff going on other than just athletics that kids are involved in and that are important as well, it can be tough,” Hector said.

While there have been a few nice days this spring, athletes have also had to brave some less than ideal conditions of cold temperatures and gusty winds just to get in events.

While most of the spring has been unkind to athletes across the region, we hope the weather will be a bit more cooperative through the rest of the spring sports postseasons.

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