The record snowstorm that halted the Washington area this past weekend also did measurable damage to the athletic schedules of the 11 public high schools in the Southern Maryland Athletic Conference.
With time running out on the winter sports season, several games and events that were called off because of the inclement weather may not be made up. The Thomas Stone boys' basketball team, for example, had been looking forward to its Monday matchup with No. 13 Riverdale Baptist all season, but it probably won't be able to reschedule the contest.
"We're just running out of play dates," Thomas Stone Coach Dale Lamberth said. "The draw [for the regional tournaments] is Sunday, so any game played after that wouldn't count anyway. And it's hard to try and squeeze games in at all costs because you worry about having your kids fresh and ready for the playoffs."
Although there were only a handful of games scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, the problem got much worse when schools were closed again Wednesday. An entire slate of boys' and girls' basketball games were on tap, including critical matchups between the Thomas Stone and Northern boys' teams for second and third place in the regional seeding, and the Westlake and Patuxent girls' teams, which are vying for the 3A South Region No. 1 seed.
"It's very important for us to get the Westlake game in; it's weighing on everyone's mind," said Patuxent girls' coach John McGuffin, whose team is one game behind Westlake in the SMAC standings. "But I don't know what's going to happen. The draw is Sunday, and if we were to beat Westlake, then both teams would be tied and there would be a coin flip to determine the No. 1 seed. If we don't play it . . . well, I just don't think that would be fair to the girls. But we've already got games scheduled for Friday and Saturday, so I don't know what the answer will be."
All three Maryland indoor track and field state championships have been rescheduled. The 2A/1A and 3A/2A meets will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex, and the 4A/3A meet, which includes teams from Patuxent and Thomas Stone, will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at the same site.
The 4A/3A State Dual wrestling tournament, with La Plata representing Southern Maryland, has been rescheduled for Tuesday, most likely at River Hill High School in Howard County. The status of the Friday and Saturday SMAC wrestling championships at Great Mills is in question.
The status of last Saturday's SMAC championship swim meet and this weekend's Maryland Invitational swim meet are much more uncertain. The SMAC meet was postponed with no makeup date, and the invitational could be in jeopardy.
In addition, regular season meets originally scheduled for Jan. 17 had been rescheduled for yesterday, including the highly anticipated double-dual meet with McDonough, Patuxent and Calvert. The boys' teams from all three schools are unbeaten, so that meet would have determined the regular-season SMAC champion. It didn't happen yesterday, and it might never happen.
And no matter what happens, many swimmers could be getting rusty. Most schools are out of practice dates, and some haven't practiced since Feb. 12.
"I imagine our kids will be pretty disappointed," Patuxent Coach Graham Coombs said.