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Weather turned into formidable opponent

Posted: March 30, 2014 - 12:08am  |  Updated: March 30, 2014 - 12:42am
Greenbrier soccer players huddle under blankets on the bench as winds gusted more than 20 mph driving the wind chill into the mid 30s.   Photo by Jim Blaylock
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Greenbrier soccer players huddle under blankets on the bench as winds gusted more than 20 mph driving the wind chill into the mid 30s.

I half-expected to see The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore roaming the sidelines at the Greenbrier High School-Lakeside soccer matches that began at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday night.

Normally I would have said Willard Scott, but I’m trying to skew younger/hipper.

I guess we shouldn’t complain, it’s not like we’re still getting dumped on by snow like other parts of the country, but enough already.

The boys and girls braved the elements which included (at least) 25-mile-per-hour winds and temperatures in the low 40s that felt more like the 20s. By the end of the girls’ game, warming up on the sidelines didn’t mean getting loose, it meant huddling together under blankets. The only thing missing was a trash can fire and a couple of guys on the corner singing doo-wop.

The Greenbrier tennis players going against Aquinas didn’t have it any easier for their matches that began at 4 p.m. Those not playing at the time cheered on and warmed up for their matches from inside their cars, said Greenbrier head coach Stefanie Basinger.

Coaches don’t normally mention the weather in any way shape or form after a contest, but their quotes about it afterward felt like the back cover of a book jacket.

“Brutal,” said Greenbrier boys head coach Graeme Connolly. “The weather conditions were horrible,” said Lakeside boys head coach Dave Morgan.

Across town, Grovetown played host to Evans in soccer and baseball and they faced the same conditions. It was a good day to be a ground ball pitcher.

“It was interesting to say the least, every ball hit in the air was an adventure,” said Evans’ head coach Ricky Beale, whose Knights eked out a 2-0 win. Joining his counterparts on the back cover, Evans boys soccer coach Brian Killips opined, “The weather was AWFUL!”

Over at Lakeside, the Lakeside-Greenbrier baseball teams got a one-day reprieve from the elements because of a “burst pipe.” Kind of like when the Durham Bulls get a “rainout” in Bull Durham. I don’t doubt that’s what happened, it probably was caused by the cold weather.

Kudos to the fans who came out to cheer on the players – and stayed. I had on a winter coat and still was fairly cold while sheltered by the press box. Going down to the field for 15 minutes after the girls’ game was enough to make me shiver the rest of the night.

That made me overcompensate at Wednesday’s Greenbrier-Lakeside lacrosse match, dressing essentially like an Eskimo with a long-sleeve shirt, sweatshirt with a hood, winter hat and winter coat. At some point I must have looked like Ralphie’s brother in A Christmas Story.

I think Connolly may have summed up Tuesday night the best. “I think the main winner tonight was the elements.”

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