Ty's Take: At the point of no return
It's getting ridiculous; this spring, I mean. Or at least what we are forced to perceive as spring.
But if the green grass in my yard is any indication, we should be past the worst of our seemingly everlasting winter. The damage on the local sports scene, however, has already been done.
Many spring sports that were supposed to kick off at the beginning of April now won't get the chance until nearly a month later.
Things are getting dicey, folks.
One of the hardest hit may be girls tennis. The Packers, who have yet to play a match (at least since the Pioneer went to press), are expected to be ready for a postseason that begins in less than four weeks.
If all went well (knock on wood) West Fargo got in their first match Tuesday, hosting Grand Forks Red River. But if, instead, those dark clouds rolling in caused another cancellation, the Packers' next chance comes Thursday at 4 p.m. in Valley City. West Fargo also has matches scheduled for 4:15 p.m. Friday at Bismarck Century, and 9 a.m. Saturday at St. Mary's.
Another hard-hit sport is baseball. While West Fargo did squeeze in a doubleheader between storms April 12 (they swept Red River 10-4, 8-5), that's about as far as the Packers got. Conference tournaments run the weekend of May 26, so baseball is in a time crunch.
The Packers were supposed to play Tuesday against Davies, but we'll find out how or even if they played in next week's paper. West Fargo's upcoming games include doubleheaders Friday at Devils Lake at 5 p.m., and Saturday hosting St. Mary's at 1 p.m.
The EDC track and field meet is May 21, while the state meet runs the following weekend. Other than an indoor season, West Fargo has had no chance to test its mettle outdoors until Monday. While results were unavailable for this week's Pioneer, the Packers did manage to finish their first meet during the Sertoma Club Invitational at West Fargo. Their next scheduled meet is 2 p.m. Friday at the Shanley Invitational.
Softball also managed to play Monday against Central Cass. The Packers were scheduled to play Tuesday against North, and also host Fargo South at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and Bismarck Century at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday.
Boys golf was slated to get in its first meet Tuesday at Village Green. The Packers next head to an East/West Classic at Bully Pulpit on Friday, and Heart River Golf Course on Saturday.
Barring inclement weather, girls soccer hosted North on Tuesday. They also have games at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Grand Forks Central, as well as 7 p.m. Friday hosting South.