By Nick Nunn, Columnist
My dedicated readers know that, from time to time, I fall back to discussing semi-current weather in my sports column.
To tell the truth, I always feel a little sheepish discussing meteorological activity for a full column, because it feels like I’m trying to make the most basic, fundamental, awkward small talk that humans are capable of. Right? When we don’t have anything to say to anyone (cough, cough), we talk about the weather.
The weather of the past week, however, seems like it would justify a little extra discussion here on the gray side of the page. At the low end of the consequential scale was the “earthquake” that took place last Friday. Since I didn’t feel anything at my house in Beacon Heights, I’m not convinced that what others claim were the tremors of an earthquake weren’t the aftershocks of a good Valentine’s Day.
Seismic activity didn’t have any impact on Morgan County sports; the winter weather of last week did, however. First of all, school closures prompted the postponement of the first tennis matches of the season.
The varsity and JV soccer teams missed out on some early-season action as well last week as a result of the ice and snow. But winter sports, now in their postseasons, felt the brunt of the severe weather most acutely.
The Mat Dogs, who were prepared to face their final battles of the year at the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) State Finals last weekend at the Gwinnett Arena, will have the great meet split apart at the class level, so that each A-level ranking will host their own tournament.
The AAA class’ tournament will be held at Buford High School this Saturday, creating a more intimate setting for the competition.
Morgan County basketball, similarly, has been holding on in spite of the shifting schedule for region playoff games. Instead of completing their bids for the top spot in the region last Saturday, the Hoop Dogs were just getting started with wins against their first-round competitors. Games on Monday and Tuesday saw the culmination of region play for Morgan County basketball, and they’ll begin their “March to Macon” through the state brackets this weekend.
I, for one, am sick of all this crazy weather and desire nothing more than a few warm days to sit back and enjoy a few innings of baseball out in the open air. (Oh, I forgot to mention early baseball’s displacement before.
Yeah, they got it too.) And it looks like I might get it. Thursday’s forecast is set to be in the mid-70s. I need to have a talk with whoever has their hand on the world’s thermostat…