Friday marked opening day for most of the Houston area’s high school baseball teams.
But with the inclement weather that made its way through the region late Thursday and into Friday morning, the first day of practice had to wait.
“You’re always ready to go day one, but here in this part of Texas, you always know weather can be an issue the first week of tryouts,” said The Woodlands coach Ron Eastman, who led the Highlanders to the Class 5A crown last year. “It always seems to be a factor.
“Sometimes we get it in, sometimes it’s a factor, sometimes it’s cold and wet like it is today. But you always want to get on the field.”
Schedules take a hit
As temperatures dropped below freezing overnight, districts across Houston canceled classes Friday. With that came the cancellation and postponements of numerous basketball and soccer games.
By the afternoon, Clear Creek ISD and Katy ISD were the lone districts to play basketball, though Mayde Creek didn’t play its scheduled games with Memorial because Spring Branch ISD canceled.
Most basketball games were moved to Saturday.
For Class 5A boys teams in Fort Bend ISD, that means a quick turnaround. All eight teams will play Saturday and then Monday.
“That’s the only negative I guess relative to the situation,” Travis boys coach Craig Brownson said. “It doesn’t do any good to get upset about it because there’s nothing anyone could have done about it. You just try to prepare your team and be ready to play whenever you get a chance to play.”
Houston ISD postponed basketball and soccer to the next available date; district wrestling meets start at 8 a.m. Saturday at Barnett.
Safe haven out of area
Soccer teams that traveled to out-of-town tournaments did get in matches Friday. The Seven Lakes girls are one of five area teams playing at the Lady Governor’s Cup in Georgetown. All Thursday games were canceled and each team played just once Friday.
“We actually left earlier than we were supposed to so that we could get here before the roads iced up,” Spartans coach Amy Davis said. “The roads were very slick and when we were coming back from dinner we started to see ambulances and firetrucks out on the roadways helping people.”
Like baseball, softball teams lost a practice day with scrimmages scheduled to begin Monday. Baseball follows a week later, with games beginning two weeks later.