Plowing Through the Beginning of the Spring Season
by Caroline McCammond on Friday, April 24th, 2015
With an unprecedented 110.3-inch snowfall this past winter, Milton athletes experienced a difficult start to the Spring season.The Mustangs got a taste of sunshine during their Spring Break Training trips in Florida, but unfortunately the sun stayed South—leaving Milton covered in snow until early April.
Before the warm-weather tease of “Spring” break, the Mustangs were scheduled to begin tryouts the week of March 9th. The Lacrosse, Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Track, Golf, and Sailing teams all had to adapt to the cold and snowy weather by either moving tryouts indoors or postponing them all together. The 2015 Spring sports season is not the first to be slow to kick off due to the weather, but this year proved to be particularly challenging as cool temperatures left the fields buried under multiple feet of snow. Without fields, the lacrosse, baseball, and softball teams had to practice in gyms during tryouts—consequently shortening playing time from two hours to only one.
Coaches attempted to combat this setback by bussing their teams to off-campus facilities. Hopes of playable fields after break were later dashed, and teams continued tryouts indoors at Milton or on nearby turf fields. “The costs of transportation are still being totaled,” said athletic director Lamar Reddicks, “but it has cost us much more than it normally has this spring.” With all the gyms in use the week following break, JV and Thirds’ practices and games were unfortunately cancelled. Varsity teams also had to cancel scrimmages, games, matches and meets in order to make up for lost preparation time.
The track became not only the Track team’s but many others’ as it was the only surface ready for use. The harsh winter also took a toll on the Sailing and Golf teams as the freezing temperatures prohibited the ‘Stangs from launching boats or stepping onto the course. The weather disgruntled athletes and coaches alike, but the Mustangs took advantage of every opportunity to play and condition.
As the weather has warmed up and the fields have begun to dry, the ‘Stangs have finally been able to begin “the real spring season.” For many of the teams, the second week of April marked the first outdoor practices and games at Milton. The Mustangs faced difficult opponents from the get-go, and with only a few full, two-hour practices under their belts, the ‘Stangs have encountered some unfortunate scores.
Now, almost a month into the Spring season, MA athletics are in full swing. The mild temperatures coupled with normal practice times have sparked numerous wins for the Mustangs, as Baseball and girls’ Tennis recently shut down Middlesex 7-0 and 15-0 respectively. With temperatures on the rise and five more weeks left in the season, the ‘Stangs are determined to demonstrate their resilience in upcoming matchups.
The winter left its mark on campus—you can still see mounds of snow around the ACC. Although the weather initially slowed down teams, the Mustangs powered through it and are ready to set some records.
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