Unlike fall and winter sports, spring sports are highly weather dependent. What that usually means is that on any given day a baseball or softball game can be rained out; a golf match can be called because of possible lightning, and while track meets are only rarely called off because of weather, there is nothing like sitting through an entire track meet in a cold rain to chill ones soul to the core.
The spring sports teams at Seaside High School are anxious to get out there and compete, but with the angry March weather the North Coast has been experiencing, it will be interesting to see just how many games are played in the next couple weeks.
The softball and baseball teams first game was supposed to be on Tuesday, but had to be called because of rain, sleet, hail or whatnot. The wet springs that we experience in Seaside can make spring sports an exercise in frustration. Still, Seaside athletes are better off than say, Minnesota athletes, where snow still covers much of the ground. At least students here can see the green grass, even though it is through a haze of falling rain.
Joel Dierickxs baseball team is scheduled to play Newport and Junction City this weekend. It may be a minor miracle if the games take place, but if the diamond can get a few hours of honest sunshine, it could be ready to go. A little bit of mud never hurt anybody.
The golf teams have it pretty good. They have svelte rain gear to wear, a long walk to keep the players warm, and a cozy clubhouse where they can sit by the fire following the match. Still, when golfers start down the back nine with the rain coming down sideways, they can probably think of a better place to be.
The boys golf team has a match on Thursday at Astoria and the girls the same day at the Tillamook Scramble. The boys then travel to The Dalles Invitational on Friday.
There should be no problem in seeing those matches, though they might not be too pleasant for the golfers themselves. One aspect of coaching for Jim Poetsch and Linsay Symonds is preparing their charges for the vagaries of the weather. A little rain makes the golf ball react much differently on the ground.
Track meets are such complex events for high schools to put on, it is much more difficult to call a track meet because the weather is bad. Besides, the safety of most events in a track meet are not significantly affected by rain. Sure, times will be slower and distances shorter, but that is just part of the sport.
Seaside High School has its first track meet today at the Anderson Relays in Scappoose. Its first home track meet is Thursday, April 2, against Tillamook.
Hopefully by then the worst of the spring weather will be behind us and the athletes, coaches and fans can enjoy the sport without worrying about being soaked.
For track and field, the best place to go for meet times and results is www.athletic.net.
For baseball, softball and golf, www.oregonprepsports.net has schedules, rankings, and scores.