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Spring sports season under the weather


HOLMEN, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- The calendar may say the winter of discontent has turned to spring. For sports teams at least, the discontent remains.

"It's not the same," said Holmen junior Greg Rooney. "It's not baseball."

Vikings senior Andrew Shaw added, "You see these other teams getting a couple of games in and then all of the sudden the snow hits."

That struck an emotional blow to hopeful athletes. After all, just this past weekend members of the Holmen baseball team watched as MVC rival Onalaska hosted game action at the Riders Club Field before the Vikings had their own season opener postponed on Monday.

The very same complex in Onalaska saw just two girls soccer practices all season.

First year head coach Jana Yashinsky noted the rough start. "You get mud caked in your cleats and you kind of slip around everywhere."

"It's kind of tough, but there's nothing you can really do about it," said Onalaska senior Elena Carey.

As for Central, the Red Raiders have just a single boys tennis match under their belt. It all adds up to a headache for athletics directors.

"I talked to a couple of AD's who just started up in Eau Claire--Eau Claire North and Eau Claire Memorial, and I said, 'Hey guys, the good news is this is the worst it gets because none of us can remember a season quite like this," said Joe Beran, Central AD.

It's just as bad, if not worse for coaches trying to balance game-planning with player health.

Holmen baseball coach, Duane Vike said, "It's going to be game after game after game. We're going to have to find some pitchers, and some kids might have to pitch that have no idea they're going to pitch right now, so we'll see."

"It makes us a little more nervous about injuries and stamina, and things like that if you're playing three games a week," added Yashinsky.

However, the hardest hit are the players themselves. Though for the most part, they seem to be focusing on the positives.

"We're pretty fundamentally sound and we know how to handle ourselves, so we'll be ready the time it comes," said Shaw.

Carey said, "In the gym it's harder to control the ball, and it will transfer over to the field, which is harder to move the ball, so it will really help our footwork a lot."

So, with patience being the only solution to the problem, athletes, coaches and officials keep searching the cloudy skies for any silver lining.

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