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Right Call to Postpone Tuesday’s High School Activities

Pat Strathman - April 27, 2016 9:33 am

While severe weather stayed away from the immediate area on Tuesday, I have to give credit to five individuals in Saline County who had to work the phones and e-mail hard over the last couple of days.

Athletic directors sometimes don’t get the credit they deserve, but even though the much hyped weather stayed away, all of them made the correct decision: postpone high school athletics (and in some cases, activities) until another day.

The forecast was dire, and even meteorologists said they weren’t exactly sure where the storms would fire. However, if they did, there would be large to giant hail, along with the possibility of tornadoes and excessive amounts of rainfall. Where the storms did hit, there was exactly that: lots of rain, some really big hail (5 inch hail near my hometown of Marysville), and there was a tornado or two.

No high school athletic event or activity is so important that lives need to be risked to play the games or have the concert. Some of the Saline County schools were scheduled to go to Wichita, where flooding and hail were a problem. Some would have been able to get their games in. Traveling home could have been a major problem with the storms. There were just too many negative things that could have happened if athletics and activities continued.

Thank you to Salina Central’s Greg Maring, Salina South’s Ken Stonebraker, Sacred Heart’s Eric Muninger, Southeast of Saline’s Wayne Sager, Ell-Saline’s Chris Carazo, and all other athletic directors in the area for having the safety of students and their families in the front of their minds yesterday. It’s extra work for them to call the other athletic directors involved in their contests, contact officials, contact field and facility managers, and then alert the media when plans are changed.

It’s a tough line to walk when making a determination based on a forecast and a forecast alone. Sometimes it pays off, other times it doesn’t. Tuesday¬†was worth it, even if we could have still played games in Salina and the nearby area.

City of Salina