REED CITY — Spring sports coaches are crossing their fingers and hoping this could finally be the week when the weather breaks into a true spring season.

Well, maybe.

Warmer temperatures were scheduled to be met by rainfall this week and how much time coaches would get outside was still up in the air.

But in the five full weeks since spring sports practices started on March 11 the days allowing squads to be outside are anywhere from zero to maybe five.

Evart was hoping for baseball and softball on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week. Monday was rained out. Baseball coach Pat Craven noted that other than in the parking lot, they haven’t had much of a chance for outdoor practices.

“The only consolation is everybody is in the same boat,” said Reed City coach Scott Shankel.

The postponements will present many teams with three-date a week doubleheaders.

Pine River has had also several baseball and softball games postponed the past few weeks. Both teams have veteran lineups which some observers think can handle the lack of outdoor practices better than a younger group.

“You think so and I’m hoping when we get out we won’t be too far behind where we should be. But we’ve only been on the field one time,” said Pine River coach Shawn Ruppert.

Reed City track coach Brent Michell noted that his team has also had limited exposure to being outdoors, On Monday, the rains held off long enough to allow his track athletes to be


Reed City golf coach Katrina Wray noted she had matches set for Wednesday and Thursday but was skeptical if those could be played.

She’s also not sure when the Coyote home course, Spring Valley, will be ready to host a match and practices.