Coaches coping with shutdowns

Obstacles won't slow down Metro North high school athletics

Adam Hothersall
Special to Colorado Community Media
Posted 4/24/19

Living in the state of Colorado, locals understand the unpredictability of weather, especially in the spring. But this portion of the season for high school athletics in the Denver-metro area has …

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Coaches coping with shutdowns

Obstacles won't slow down Metro North high school athletics

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Living in the state of Colorado, locals understand the unpredictability of weather, especially in the spring.

But this portion of the season for high school athletics in the Denver-metro area has been unlike anything in recent memory; particularly over the last couple of weeks, according to local coaches.

With snow dissipating contests April 10 and 11 followed by the lockouts of schools April 16 and 17, the athletes continue their rotation of being on-and-off the field as we close in on May.

“It does kind of chunk things up a little bit, does break some rhythm,” Legacy girls soccer coach Luke Meadows said lafter his team’s 7-0 victory April 18 over Greeley West. “The saving grace is that all the metro-area teams have had the same thing happening. So when we come across a Fort Collins team or somebody who didn’t fall in the same trap, then we will see what happens.”

The timing of the shut down actually worked with his team’s schedule, Meadows said.

”The nonsense we had the other day would have been mostly a recovery day anyways, not a lot of whole real thick content,” he said. ”I don’t think it affects us too, too much and at the end of the day, we are eight games in now. If we don’t know our setup right now, that’s more on us than anyone else.”

Familiar with the constant postponements and rescheduling this spring, Westminster and Northglenn high school’s athletic directors Beth-Aynn Gubernick and Nick Kosovich have had their work cut out for them. However, they understand it’s all part of the process.

“Oh man, it’s definitely been tough this spring,” Gubernick said. “In a word, well maybe two words, I’d say `bomb-cyclone’ is the definition of this spring season. Anyone involved in spring athletics in Colorado knows it’s usually the toughest weather-wise. This spring, however, has been incredibly difficult. We’ll reschedule a game, and then a front will come in next day, and we’ll have to reschedule it again.”

“Mother Nature has been an obstacle this year,” Kosovich said. “I appreciate all my coaches, players, parents, officials and transportation in being flexible to make up games and dealing with last-minute changes. This spring has been challenging.”

Out of all of the North-metro groups, Mountain Range baseball may have had the most challenging road. Traveling to Phoenix, AZ for a Spring Break tournament, not playing their first home game until April 3, plus having their scheduled matchup against Fossil Ridge postponed April 16, the Mustangs, under manager D.J. Yeager, have had the challenge of staying in rhythm in a sport that prioritizes repetition.

“Baseball is a game of dealing with adversity,” Yeager said. ”Sometimes it’s the weather, sometimes the game situation, and sometimes other stuff. We try to focus on what we can control and let the other stuff be what it is.”

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