Northland forecast keeps student-athletes from competing

KBJR 6 News at 6pm
Published: Apr. 18, 2022 at 6:56 PM CDT
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SUPERIOR, WI. (KBJR) - The saying goes, ‘April showers bring May Flowers,’ but right here in the Northland, the rhyme is a bit different. Lately, April showers have brought many sports cancellations and Superior High School is just one department experiencing the schedule changes and challenges.

Over the last few weeks, Superior’s Athletic Director, Ella Olson, says they have canceled roughly twenty games due to the unsafe forecast.

While it’s been three years since they’ve seen a ‘normal’ Northland winter due to COVID19, Olson still sees the silver lining in how coaches and players have embraced a way to remain productive by working together in person as a team despite the weather.

“This many scratch-throughs have been tough. It’s been tough to see the kids. Every day they’re coming up and saying, ‘are you going to cancel again? are we gonna do this?’ Ultimately it comes down to safety. We can’t put them out there and knowing that when you’re cold and when something hits differently, it could be really detrimental to us. It doesn’t matter if you have the most beautiful surface, as we said before if the temps and the wind are too cold, we aren’t going to play on them anyways. So it’s a catch-22, but we are very fortunate to be able to say ‘hey is the weather just right? Is it ok to go?’ I’ve got them in my backyard and I don’t have to worry about that, so as much as possible we are trying to help out our neighbors,” said Olson.

Olson adds that they will get through this even if it means five-game weeks. She says while rescheduling games in the Lake Superior Conference is a top priority, she understands the importance of competing outside the conference for seeding purposes.

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