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All the rain that has made grass all over the state a dark green has caused havoc for the Colorado High School Activities Association in trying to get the spring sports state championships completed.
The 5A girls state golf tournament at the Olde Course in Loveland was cut from 36 holes to 18, since the course was only playable for the first round on May 18. Both rounds of the Class 4A tournament at the River Valley course in Carbondale were played despite damp conditions.
"With the weather, the girls left some shots out there that they normally wouldn't," said Rock Canyon coach Dave Vahling, whose team was second in the one-day Class 5A event. "The second day they could have improved. I would have liked to have seen better weather so we could have played under better conditions, because that brings the best out of the players."
Girls soccer and boys and girls lacrosse were played mostly on artificial turf surfaces and were completed with just slight delays for lightning. The girls state tennis tournaments were delayed two days because of the weather.
The three-day state track meet was completed as scheduled May 14-16.
The baseball tournaments were affected the most by the rain, which made fields unplayable.
District baseball tournaments in every classification were postponed and rescheduled. After multiple postponements, the Class 4A double-elimination state tournament was moved to Metro State and four games were played to finish the first weekend's schedule. The remaining four teams will play May 26 and 27 at All-Star Park in Lakewood, weather permitting.
Semifinals in the Class 5A state tournament, which also had earlier delays, were scheduled for May 22, but All-City Field was unplayable. Two games are rescheduled for May 26 and May 27 at All-City. In the event All-City Field is still not dry, the games were to be held May 29 and 30.
"We had graduation of the seniors, and with all the postponed games, you wonder where they are mentally, knowing they are done with school," said Mountain Vista baseball coach Ron Quintana, whose team is among the final four in Class 5A. "Plus you're stuck indoors because of all the rain, and the field is underwater. So being indoors is another challenge to keeping the boys focused."
The Class 3A baseball semifinals at Butch Butler Field in Greeley were rescheduled until May 26 and May 27. Class 2A games set for May 23 in Pueblo were still on.
The frequent rains have obviously been a headache for CHSAA.
"This is, in my memory, as extensive as I can remember," said assistant commissioner Bert Borgmann. "Part of the problem is you're disrupting academic schedules. That's one of the things you hate. You don't want to try to reschedule onto a graduation time, so we try to work around some of those kinds of things. Getting umpires sometimes is a challenge if you are going midweek. Sometimes that impacts who is available."
And the delays are costly for CHSAA, which in one case had to rent Metro State for two additional days.
"It certainly hurts at the gate," said Borgmann. "And there are aspects to it that you just don't like because you are also disrupting people's work schedules and those kinds of things, and you are disrupting schedules at your facilities. There are expenses for doing things like that (moving to Metro State), but at the same time you have to hope that facilities are available."
Rock Canyon baseball coach Tyler Munro, whose Jaguars remain in contention for the 5A crown, said one bright spot is that the delays give pitchers more time to rest. But, overall, he agrees, "it's not good."
"Vacations are starting to come up and I'm worried about that ... I'll start losing a player and coach here and there."
Class 5A baseball semifinals (All-City Stadium)
Noon: Mountain Vista (2-1) vs. Grandview (2-1); 2:30 p.m.: Rock Canyon (2-1) vs. Grandview (3-0).
Noon: championship game; 2:30 p.m.: second championship game if necessary.
Class 4A baseball semifinals (At All-Star Park)
Noon: Green Mountain (3-0) vs. D'Evelyn (2-1); 2:30 p.m.: Lewis Palmer (2-1) vs. Ponderosa (2-1).
Noon: Championship game; 2:30 p.m.: Second championship game if necessary.
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