Inclement weather conditions are a staple of March

A little more than two weeks ago sportswriters across Washington wrapped up their high school winter sports coverage with the completion of the state basketball tournament.

This past week the majority of high school spring sporting events kicked off its first games/contest across the Eastside region. On Monday, March 13, I planned on covering the Skyline Spartans/Redmond Mustangs girls softball matchup in Sammamish.

Those aspirations were derailed.

When I awoke in the morning I peered out the window and saw sizable rain drops falling from the sky. After arriving at work the first thing I did was check the KingCo website to see how the schedule was shaking out. Quickly I discovered the softball game featuring Skyline and Redmond softball teams had indeed been cancelled due to the large amount of precipitation. Immediately I sent off an email to photographer Jim Nicholson, who was planning on taking photos of the game, to inform him of the news. I wasn’t surprised by the cancellation. This is the norm for the month of March in Western Washington. In the 12 years I’ve been a sportswriter, I have encountered countless cancellations of softball, baseball and tennis matchups at the beginning of the spring sports season due to adverse weather conditions. You can have an ironclad plan set in place for coverage but it can disintegrate due to Mother Nature’s wrath at the drop of a hat. Thankfully not all spring sporting events are cancelled due to shoddy weather conditions but cancellations can still become a bothersome problematic issue that remains completely unavoidable. Spring officially arrived on March 20. I surely hope spring-like weather accompanies the recent change in the calendar in the near future!

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