If you think your job is tough, imagine being an athletic director this time of the year and trying to find open dates to play basketball games or wrestling matches.
Although the 2018-19 season has been good thus far for games, athletic director have recently been put to the test after the Boonslick area received 15-18 inches of snow over the weekend.
Boonville Athletic Director Chris Shikles said it’s tough when games are cancelled because there are so many factors to go into it.
“Finding a date both schools can agree upon, finding officials and then busing for away games,” Shikles said.
With an early out pretty much across the state, athletic directors were forced to cancel a plethora of games on Friday. In Boonville alone, Shikles was forced to cancel a varsity girls game against Versailles and a varsity boys game against Hallsville due to the threat of heavy snow.
Also cancelled Friday night was a varsity boys and girls game against Cairo in Pilot Grove, a varsity boys and girls game against Community R-6 in New Franklin and a Prairie Home varsity boys and girls game at Jamestown.
That’s just Friday. On Saturday, the Boonville Pirates wrestling team was forced to scrap a trip to Owensville while the JV team had a tournament cancelled at Moberly.
As for Monday’s cancellations, the re-scheduled varsity girls game against Versailles and re-scheduled varsity boys game against Hallsville has now been pushed back for a second time.
Shikles said the girls game against Versailles will now be played on Wednesday, Jan. 16th at home (varsity game only) starting at 6 p.m. As for the Boonville Pirates basketball team, they will now play Hallsville on Thursday, Jan. 24th in a varsity doubleheader with the girls starting at 6.
Also cancelled on Monday was a varsity boys and girls between Santa Fe and Pilot Grove at Pilot Grove and Bunceton boys and girls game against Stover.
Pilot Grove Athletic Director/basketball coach Derek Skaggs said its’ very hard when games are cancelled.
“We are out of dates except two at this point,” Skaggs said.
Of course athletic directors aren’t the only ones put out by the cancellations. Basketball and wrestling coaches are also weighing their options for practices and whether to hold practices a day or so after inclement weather.
So if you think it’s easy on athletic director or coaches during cancellations, just spend a day in their shoes and you might think differently.
As for the remainder of the week, the weather looks good for the Boonslick area through Friday. Weather forecasters are calling for a 60 percent chance of rain on Thursday with the highs in the 40 and a 70 percent chance of snow on Saturday with anywhere from 2-4 inches.