Varsity Kansas

Snow creates basketball dilemmas

Goddard athletic director Curtis Conrad had a plan in place Monday for Tuesday's snowstorm. He and McPherson athletic director Shane Backhus wanted to avoid scrambling with all of the factors that go into rescheduling a postponed game.

Goddard was one of many area schools to postpone Tuesday night games due to snow-related issues.

Goddard will make up its games at McPherson starting 2 p.m. Saturday. One of the more pressing issues to address is transportation.

“We started looking at possible dates," Conrad said. "When you travel there it is all of the buses that you have to concern yourself with to carry the band, the cheerleaders and the team. Then there's making sure your parents know and any other public that would possibly go there."

Goddard's Friday schedule will include four games in seven days. The boys and girls teams will have their hands full, facing McPherson twice in that span. The Bullpup boys are ranked No. 3 in 5A, the girls No. 5.

"There is only three weeks left, and we play McPherson twice in the next 10 days," Conrad said. "Playing in 10 days doesn't give you much room for error if you don't get it in (Tuesday), which we didn't."

Conrad added that due to makeup games played Monday against Salina Central and a scheduled tournament, his junior varsity boys will have played five games in six days by Friday.

Tough stretch for Northwest

Chris Collins wanted to get his team back on the court Tuesday against West so it could regroup after suffering a 66-62 loss to North on Saturday. With no games and no practice Tuesday and facing the prospect of no practice today, Collins sent a text to his players urging them to get find a way to work out at local gyms and get their shots in.

Northwest has a tough stretch ahead of it, too, with little time for preparation. It will play Kapaun on Friday, Arkansas City (rescheduled game) on Saturday and West on Monday before taking on the No. 1 Falcons on Tuesday.

"Four games in five days," Collins said. "None of them are going to be easy. I told that we've reached a point of the season where we have big goals and we want to make a run so we have to start playing our best basketball right now."

Collins will have a condensed schedule in which to give his team its scouting reports and watch film, but he knows all of the other coaches are dealing with the same thing. He had talk with Northwest athletic director J. Means and both agreed that taking the precautions Tuesday were worth it.

"It's not great obviously," Means said. "But what do you do? I don't want our kids traveling around in this. Our kids have to get themselves to the games and the only appropriate thing to do is to worry about their safety, and we just have to get the games in when we can."

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