A year ago, athletic directors and coaches around the WPIAL were remarking how it was one of the best springs for sports, at least in terms of weather.
A year later, they are saying this is one of the worst springs for weather.
Rain and cold temperatures have backed up schedules for many baseball and softball teams. This week's rainy weather really crimped schedules.
"I was just out by our baseball field and they are having an impromptu trout fishing tournament on it," West Allegheny athletic director Dave McBain said yesterday. "I have to get three life guards to work by the third-base line. I just saw people with mealworms and rods over there."
Of course, McBain had his tongue firmly in his cheek, but you get the idea.
The WPIAL wants all softball and baseball section games to be played by next Wednesday or Thursday. The league is set to make playoff pairings for softball Thursday and for baseball Friday. There are baseball teams that have five section games to play. Some have four and a number have three.
The Avella and Neshannock softball teams have six section games to play by next Wednesday. Neshannock is playing a doubleheader today. On Monday, the Freeport softball team is playing a doubleheader at two different sites. Freeport will play at Ford City at 1 p.m. and then at Apollo-Ridge at 4.
What complicates matters is the start of prom season. Plus, tomorrow is an SAT date. The Penn-Trafford baseball team was scheduled to play Albert Gallatin this morning at 9:30 because Penn-Trafford's prom is tonight.
"There's also issues with umpires," McBain said. "A number of umpires do softball and baseball and there just aren't enough to go around with all of these makeups. ... I've been involved in high school athletics as an athletic trainer and athletic director for 26 years, and I think by far this is one of the worst springs we've ever had."
Upper St. Clair's Samantha Amos is only a sophomore, but she already has decided where she will play college volleyball.
Amos, one of the best players in the state, has accepted a scholarship from Duke. Amos, a 6-foot-2 middle hitter, already had some scholarship offers from top programs across the country, according to Post-Gazette colleague Ken Wunderley. Penn State, Stanford and Nebraska also had offered scholarships.
Amos (pictured) is an outstanding athlete. When she was a freshman, she played volleyball and girls tennis during the same fall season. Now she just plays volleyball.
Amos was a first-team all-WPIAL selection and first-team all-state selection the past two years. She was the only sophomore to make first-team all-state this year.
**** Clarion University landed two WPIAL basketball players this week. Matt D'Amico, the leading scorer in Fox Chapel history, chose Clarion earlier this week. Then Central Valley foward Tony Gates followed and chose Clarion.
**** Another Division I scholarship offer has come in for Chartiers Valley junior Matt McConnell. This one from Youngstown State. Robert Morris offered earlier this week.