by Dennis Dalman
Winter, the guest that stayed too long, put the kibosh on outdoor sports activities all through April, including sports in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District.
As a result, athletes and coaches in most sports are now trying to “catch up” as best they can.
The district’s activities director John Ross said scores of spring games had to be cancelled or rescheduled throughout April and even many rescheduled games were again cancelled and/or rescheduled.
Scheduling for high school sports is done by the Central Lakes Conference activities directors, in close collaboartion with golf courses, baseball facilities and other outdoor venues where spriing sports take place.
“The final four weeks will be a challenge for spring athletes,” Ross said.
Sports activities have become a race with time in busy May, a month of concerts, awards nights, the prom, dances and so much else going on.
One way to deal with the time crunch is to schedule many double-header games for baseball and softball, as well as outdoor tennis, although there have been some indoor tennis matches.
The toughest activity to make up is golf, Ross noted, as courses were simply not open in April.
Sartell-St. Stephen seniors will graduate May 25.
For a revised spring sports schedule for Sartell-St. Stephen and elsewhere, go to the Central Lakes Conference website at: centallakesconference.org.
(Editor’s note: Information for this story was gathered by Jack Hellie, Sartell High School senior.)
Dalman was born and raised in South St. Cloud, graduated from St. Cloud Tech High School, then graduated from St. Cloud State University with a degree in English (emphasis on American and British literature) and mass communications (emphasis on print journalism). He studied in London, England for a year (1980-81) where he concentrated on British literature, political science, the history of Great Britain and wrote a book-length study of the British writer V.S. Naipaul. Dalman has been a reporter and weekly columnist for more than 30 years and worked for 16 of those years for the Alexandria Echo Press.