Snowed In

April 10, 2018

As Minnesota deals with an exceptionally cold spring this year, high school sports teams have been forced to adjust to the cold weather and snow preventing them from playing outdoors. According to the Star Tribune, many schools have been forced to modify their schedules.

Jeff Wollin, who coaches baseball at Litchfield High School, said the weather was unprecedented.

“Having been a head coach in Minnesota for 29 years, I feel like I’ve seen just about everything,” Wollin said. “I can’t remember a year when it’s stayed so cold for so long.”

On Friday, Joe Coenen, baseball coach for Storm High School, held a clinic in his school's gymnasium, an event that proved more popular than he anticipated.

“We had more kids show up than I expected,” Coenen said. “Our team loved it. They got to work with the young players and it’s a chance to see things from a different perspective. We had a blast.”

Some coaches are holding team-building exercises for their teams. The Spring Lake Park High School softball team made 20 blankets, which they donated to charity. Mike Smith, who coaches baseball at Totino-Grace High School, saw the opportunity to teach his players a lesson.

“It has affected the mood a little bit, but over here we hammer the saying ‘Control what you can control — attitude, effort, and your response to what happens around you,’ ” Smith said.

Luke Scardigli, who coaches baseball for St Francis High School, said that while he has kept his players busy, it is no substitute for actually playing.

“We’ve played wiffle ball and dodge ball, had pizza and ice cream parties, spent two days in week one teaching them baseball kindergarten,” he said. “But they aren’t 10 years old anymore. They want to play games, not go bowling.”

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