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St. James Plaindealer - St. James, MN
  • Winter weather chills spring sports

  • So there’s been a lot of indoor, meaning the Northside and the high school gym, and practice are about working on fundamentals. Hard to have baseball batting practice in the gym unless the District was planning on tearing the gym down at the end of the season.
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  •     The Saints spring sports teams have been experiencing a hard time getting outside to practice. Soon they will be having a ‘less than optimal’ time playing their spring games.
        The boys and girls track teams kicked off the spring sports season last week with an indoor meet at Minnesota State, Mankato.
        The boys tennis team has an indoor tournament on Saturday, but for the rest of the teams getting outdoors into their natural element has been, pardon the pun, tough sledding.
        As of Tuesday, the track, baseball, softball, golf course and the tennis courts all had varying degrees of snow and ice.
        After last year’s incredibly warm March,  were out in shorts and tees most of the month, this March looks like the ice age is still hanging on!
        So there’s been a lot of indoor, meaning the Northside and the high school gym,  and practice are about working on fundamentals. Hard to have baseball batting practice in the gym unless the District was planning on tearing the gym down at the end of the season.
        Head Baseball Coach Jon Wilson said, “We had a great first week - even though it was inside and we do not see getting outside any time soon!”
        The softball team has already had an away game rescheduled. They were scheduled to play Windom Area on Tuesday, April 2.
        For some reason that game’s been rescheduled for the middle of May.
        Most of the other teams home opening games are at schools north of St. James, so those schools facilities are not likely to be in any better shape.
        Home game, meets and matches get underway later next week.
        The softball team has the first home game. It looks like St. James will not be experiencing a big warm up between now and next Thursday when the girls host Waseca.
        They are going to need all the good melting weather they can get, because with just a week before the opener, the Saints softball field was probably more suitable for cross country skiing than playing softball.
        The only good thing about this miserable, cold weather from a competitive point of view is all of the schools in southern Minnesota are experiencing the same conditions. So everyone has been in the same frozen boat when team competition finally gets underway.  

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