Soggy Weather Sets Back Sports

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spring fieldsST. JOHNBURY- Being a member of a sports team in the Northeast Kingdom has many challenges, some which can only be experienced after a long, dreadful winter. As the spring thaw continues, local sports teams are finding it harder and harder to practice outside due to poor weather conditions.


With snow still on some fields, many area high schools have resorted to practicing in gymnasiums.

At Saint Johnsbury Academy, Athletic Director David McGinn has become a master planner, having to coordinate practice times inside the gym and field house for ten varsity sports in addition to multiple junior varsity teams.

"We have beautiful facilities. We're very fortunate to have the indoor facilities that we do because we can absorb a lot of activities that most high schools don't have in Vermont. So we have a true privilege there", McGinn says.

Coaches and student athletes at the Academy are doing their best to stay active while cooped up inside. Senior Track Runner Gavin Harpin says, "It's been really affecting throwers, because haven't been doing shot put, discus or javelin really because we don't have the space to do that, but we're definitely doing some technique work with medicine balls and stuff like that."

Though not ideal, Harpin says, "In that small space we kind of get to build team chemistry a little bit more."

Accustomed to being indoors for a few weeks to start the season, Head Track Coach Chip Langmaid says, "This year has been interesting because it's been so cold... we're doing as best we can in the field house, we're very fortunate to have the facility."

When asked about when he thinks the team will be outside, Langmaid said, "We're supposed to host on the fifteenth, so we're hoping we're outside by then. It's completely weather dependent."

With the temperatures continuing to climb and the snow melting, teams are hopeful they will be playing on their fields very soon.