Winter sports face uncertainty entering region and state playoffs
by Jason Greenberg
Feb 13, 2014 | 1160 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The winter storm PAX has suspended local schools three days this week. And, while most students are celebrating the break from school, winter-sport athletes are anxiously waiting to resume competition.

Unfortunately for Bartow County basketball players and wrestlers, there is uncertainty surrounding the upcoming schedule as each sport winds down its season.

The 27 Bartow wrestlers who qualified for the state tournament were delivered some peace of mind Wednesday when the GHSA postponed the state traditional wrestling championships until Feb. 21-22.

The event had been originally scheduled for today, Friday and Saturday at the Gwinnett Center. On Monday, the event was condensed to take place Friday and Saturday.

The extra week will provide wrestlers with more time to “properly prepare for the most important tournament of the season,” according to the GHSA.

Even with the rescheduling, there is uncertainty surrounding the event.

“Now, the event has been pushed to next weekend and is looking for a new home. The Arena at Gwinnett has scheduling conflicts and will not be able to host the event,” the GHSA said in an announcement Wednesday.

As for basketball, the schedule for region tournaments is largely unknown, but the GHSA did postpone the beginning of its state tournament and when the regions had to complete their tournaments.

“The GHSA Office has extended the final date to complete the region tournaments through Wednesday, Feb 19. This revision will allow all regions to complete tournament games without reducing the original number of teams participating in the tournament, and the potential of teams playing multiple games in one day,” the GHSA announced in a statement Wednesday.

Adairsville and Cartersville in Region 5-AAA hope to begin their tournament Friday. The first round will be played at Cartersville High However, weather could affect those plans as well.

“Nothing is set in stone. There is a lot of discussion right now,” Cartersville head basketball coach Mike Tobin said. “Hopefully we’ll get it started Friday, but there are a couple of different scenarios.”

The Excel boys and girls basketball teams have a similar strategy in Region 6-A and are scheduled to play Friday, Saturday and Monday.

Meanwhile, Cass and Woodland’s tournaments are in limbo with no course of action settled as of yet.

In Region 7-AAAA, Cass is planning on hosting the tournament.

“Possibly Friday or all day Saturday with girls at our middle school and boys at our high school,” Cass boys head coach Greg Scott said.

As for Region 5-AAAAA, there is even more uncertainty.

“They’re discussing six options but haven’t made a decision yet,” Woodland athletic director and boys basketball coach John Howard said. As of press time, no opening date has been set for the beginning of the first round of the state tournament, which was scheduled to begin on Wednesday, Feb. 19, for the girls and Thursday, Feb. 20, for the boys.