Not one snowflake had fallen Monday afternoon, but school officials around the area elected to postpone all athletic events.
Some elected to move games to later that evening if possible, while others shifted those contests to Thursday night, hoping the roads have been cleared after the expected snowfall.
And that is the key word in this — expected.
As good as weather forecasters have become these days at getting things right, they are still not 100 percent accurate and there is a small chance that nothing will fall from the skies this week.
Tuesday’s games in the Southeastern Conference were all “rivalry” clashes and a relatively short drive for the three visiting schools — Richmond Senior, Pinecrest and Lumberton. The trip to Laurinburg for the Raiders is 20 miles, it is 21 miles from Southern Pines to Raeford and the Pirates would have driven 18 miles to battle the Rams.
With the girls basketball games scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m. Tuesday, officials could have waited until after school to get the latest weather reports and made an educated judgement on postponing the contests.
That was almost the plan Richmond athletic director Ricky Young and his counterpart Scotland’s Tommy Britt put together. The two were set to discuss the weather situation Tuesday morning before making the call on either playing the games or moving them to another day.
Young said the pair had no choice but to postpone the contests once Scotland County officials elected early Monday afternoon to let its students out of school early Tuesday.
A few hours later, it would become a moot point as Richmond officials announced all after-school activities, including sporting events on Tuesday were canceled because of the threatening winter storm.
Young added he didn’t have a problem with the decisions because of safety concerns.
There is nothing wrong with being pro-active and taking the necessary precautions when hazardous road conditions are present for parents, bus drivers and students.
However, making the decision one day before the expected arrival of the winter weather and with the temperature in the 70s seems to be a little premature.
— Sports editor Shawn Stinson may be reached at 910-997-3111, ext. 14 or on Twitter @scgolfer.