The latest severe snowstorm has pushed back tonight's Maryland-at-Wake Forest basketball game and left the status of games involving the Washington Bullets and Washington Capitals up in the air.
The Maryland game, originally scheduled for 8 o'clock tonight at Greensboro, N.C., has been rescheduled for Wednesday at the same time. The game will not be televised.
The Bullets are scheduled to play the Houston Rockets at 8 p.m. at Capital Centre. Both teams were trying to make their way here yesterday, the Bullets from Seattle and the Rockets from Piscataway, N.J.
Bullet forward Elvin Hayes, guard Kevin Grevey, Coach Dick Motta and his assistant, Bernie Bickerstaff, were on the first plane to land yesterday at Dulles International Airport.
However, the other players, who left Seattle at midnight Sunday en route to Baltimore-Washington International, were stranded at Chicago's O'Hare Field. They have been waiting there since 5:30 a.m. yesterday, were waiting on standby last night and are scheduled on a flight due to leave Chicago at 7 a.m. today.
The Capitals, who are scheduled to play in Atlanta at 8 o'clock tonight, were snowbound in New York yesterday and the first flight to Atlanta this morning already has been canceled.
Team officials have lined up two flights today, if New York-area airports open. Half the team is due to leave LaGuardia at 1 p.m., the other half is scheduled out of Newark at 3 p.m.
Meanwhile, Bowie Race Course, where 1,000 fans once were stranded in a snowstorm, called off programs yesterday and today. Track officials also announced that today's card will be carried over until Wednesday.
At Bowie, officials announced a 20-inch snowfall and said that entries for Thursday's program, which normally close today, would be extended to Wednesday.
The latest cancellations brought the total to five for Bowie's current meeting. Last year Bowie lost 12 racing days to inclement weather.
The Charles Town (W. Va.) Turf Club, which is dark on Mondays, announced it plans to run as scheduled tonight despite 18 inches of new snow in West Virginia's eastern panhandle.
In college basketball, five games were scheduled last night, but only the George Washington at Boston University game was not called off.
GW, which played in Amherst, Mass., Saturday night already was on the scene. Boston, the site of a major snowstorm last winter, apparently is escaping the current one, with only one inch predicted there last night.
American University managed to get to Hempstead, N.Y., Sunday night. But the Eagles' game against Hofstra was pushed back until tonight because of hazardous road conditions on Long Island.
Catholic University's game at Seton Hall was postponed until tonight. Cardinal Coach Jack Kvancz slept in his office Sunday night and planned to do the same last night.
Navy's game against visiting Randolph-Macon Academy was postponed and officials were trying to find a new date. The University of the District of Columbia game last night at Bowie State was postponed indefinitely.
UDC at George Mason tonight also was postponed indefinitely. The status of the other two college games -- Mary Washington at Gallaudet and Southeastern at Lincoln -- was not determined as of early last night.
Snow also played havoc on the high school schedule.
The Virginia AAA Gunston District basketball tournament will get under way tonight providing Fairfax county can provide transporation for the teams.
The schools in Fairfax County will be closed today, but Ron Clark Hayfield athletic director and tournament director, said the decision to rule out playing tonight "will not be made until early Tuesday."
Should the Gunston District play, Hayfield will meet Fort Hunt at 7 p.m. while Lee goes against Edison at 9 at Hayfield. Top-seeded and district champion Mount Vernon and runnerup Groveton received first-round byes.
In the girls playoff, Edison plays Mount Vernon at 7 and Lee plays Fort Hunt at 9 at either Groveton or Mount Vernon. District co-champion Groveton and Hayfield received first-round byes.
The three other districts, the Northern, Great Falls and Potomac, will begin play Wednesday night.
Montgomery County, Prince George's and the District school systems also announced their schools will be closed today, thus pushing back their scheduled tournament games until Wednesday.