by Steve Peterson
In his decade of dealing with Northwest Iowa weather changes Akron-Westfield Athletic Director Todd Colt has not seen anything like this spring-winter weather.
“This has been the most challenging spring weather of any spring,” said Colt.
The printed schedules circulated in March have long since gone into each school’s circular file with every huff and puff of the late winter. Cold, snow, rain and wind have put a damper on spring sports of golf and track and field. A-W also offers junior high track and field.
“For track and field, (to postpone or cancel) it is up to the host school. It is difficult to postpone a meet because so many schools are involved so they are usually cancelled,” said Colt, who is also A-W’s boys and girls golf coach.
“For golf, it is up to the host school but you have to work around events at the community’s course,” he said, “and at other courses more than one team plays there. Like the two Remsen schools (Remsen Union and Remsen-St. Mary’s which play at Remsen) and Unity Christian and MOC-Floyd Valley Community School and Northwestern College play at Landsmeer Golf Course in Orange City. You fit them in when you can. You can go to triangular or quadrangular meets.”
If weather improves this week and next, A-W should be able to get all but one golf match completed, said Colt.
The War Eagle Conference track and field meet was set for April 30 at West Sioux High School in Hawarden.
According to an unofficial count, the Westerners had six track and field meets cancelled or changed, to one held back on April 8 at Kingsley-Pierson.
The golf matches total, as of April 24, was 11 matches or tournaments scheduled or postponed to two held.
Colt said the Westerners will not be at an advantage or disadvantage due to the number of events as all schools are in the same position.
The summer seasons of baseball and softball have their share of rain which cause changes to the schedule but then it is only two schools involved, said Colt.
Changes are made official on the school’s website: www.akron-westfieldcommunityschool.org.
The latest change was to switch the West Sioux golf match at Akron Golf Course, already changed once, to May 1 from April 24.