High School Sports

August 26, 2014

High school sports schedules yield to sweltering summer heat

Whether it's the rain in spring, the snow and ice of winter or the excessive heat of summer, local high school athletic directors continue to fight a losing battle with Mother Nature.

For the second straight day on Tuesday soaring temperatures coupled with heat index numbers reaching well into triple digits, caused athletic directors to postpone and reschedule events.

Belleville East canceled tennis, golf and volleyball while pushing a soccer game at Waterloo and all outdoor practices until after 6 p.m. as long as the heat index was below 105.

By Southwestern Conference rules, no outdoor athletic activity is to be held is the heat index is above 105.

Belleville West athletic director Mark Lanxon was also scurrying around Tuesday afternoon, working with the Maroons coaching staff trying to find space indoors for those teams wishing to meet.

As of 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, West had canceled a girls tennis match and a girls golf match.

"The tennis team was able to get some courts at Kings Point so they could have practice and yesterday (Monday) the soccer team practiced under the lights in the stadium when it cooled off a bit,'' Lanxon said. "We just try to accommodate everybody the best by using and sharing the gymnasiums."

As of 5 p.m. on Tuesday, the temperature was 98 with a heat index of 106.

Temperature are expected to be in the 90's the rest of the week with a chance of rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday and Thursday.

The '14 high school football season begins on Friday with an expected high of 93.

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