This week began with a ray of sunshine as York Comprehensive and Clover High School spring sports participants returned to action.
It was a welcome return following four days of rainouts last week, the most in recent memory.
The four-day soaking created havoc for York athletic director Steve Boyd and Clover AD Carroll Hester.
"A total of 31 games were scheduled to be played last week," Boyd said. "Seventeen contests were canceled until the next available date, some at the end of the month."
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Boyd said the schedule dilemma is being felt by local teams.
Our spring sports teams already play two and three games a week," he noted. "We don't want them to have to play four games in a week."
The York AD said Sundays would be used as a last option for makeup games.
"We wouldn't want to but we would play on Sunday afternoon if it came down to it, with authorization from the school district," commented Boyd.
Boyd said the South Carolina High School League requires all regular-season games to be completed by the end of April to allow for playoff action the first week in May.
Meanwhile, Hester continues to cope with the cancellation of Clover High sports events.
"It's a busy time of year," Hester said of the school's most active sports season. "We have six to eight games every day, it's not just one game."
Hester said soccer games were completed Wednesday and Thursday and the teams were able to play through the rain.
But other teams were less fortunate, squeezing practice times in the CHS gym.
"We juggled practice times in the gym on a rotating basis," Hester said.
He said efforts will be made to reschedule all the rainouts.
"There's a chance some of the nonregion games may not be played, depending on available dates of the competing teams," Hester said. "The weather is out of our control. It's needed rain."
Weather permitting, the CHS varsity girls softball and soccer teams will host Fort Mill Friday. Both games have 7 p.m. starting times.
The Clover varsity baseball and boys soccer teams travel to Fort Mill Friday, each with 7 p.m. starts.
YCHS Thursday action includes the varsity girls softball team hosting Chester at 7 p.m. and the boys tennis team at Gaffney for a 5 p.m. start.
York Friday action includes: Boys varsity soccer team at home against Gaffney, 7 p.m.; girls varsity soccer team at Lewisville, 7 p.m.; varsity boys tennis team at Union, 5 p.m.; varsity baseball team at home against Gaffney, 6:30 p.m.; varsity softball team at Gaffney, 6 p.m.
The varsity Cougar baseball team will host South Pointe Saturday at 2 p.m.