School cancellations halt basketball
by Emily Horos
ehoros@cherokeetribune.com
January 08, 2014 12:32 AM | 1006 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
When the Cherokee County School District canceled classes Tuesday because of the cold weather, athletic events were called off as well.

Each of the district’s six high schools were scheduled to play region basketball games Tuesday night, leaving those games to be made up before the end of the season.

The teams were quick to reschedule their games, however, simply moving them back a day.

Cherokee will play at Walton, Creekview will host Forsyth Central, Etowah will travel to Roswell, River Ridge will go to Pickens, Sequoyah will host Northview and Woodstock will travel to Lassiter.

Creekview girls coach Rogan Nolan said his team wasn’t able to practice Monday — when schools were closed due to a threat of icy roads — but they were able to practice Tuesday because teachers and staff were still required to report to work.

“We practiced a little earlier than we would have played,” Nolan said. “We didn’t have the kids at school, but because the teachers were there, we were able to practice. (On Monday), we didn’t get to practice at all.”

Nolan said the decision to delay the game with Forsyth Central was simple, since Forsyth County schools were also closed.

“We lost Monday as a practice day, but really it didn’t change much,” Nolan said.

Cherokee boys coach Roger Kvam said it was odd for classes to be canceled, with the weather clear. Kvam, who started his career in Boston, said when classes are canceled in New England, it’s usually due to a large amount of snow.

“My last year up there, in ’96, we had over 120 inches (of total snow), so we had a lot snow days,” Kvam said. “It was a lot of fun. I think everyone likes that phone call in the morning that there is no school. Up there, we would always take the kids sledding since we lived near a golf course. Down here, there is no snow, so it’s kind of a funny thing.”

Kvam said he swapped stories and photos with relatives around the country — some of which had more than a foot of snow.

“My daughter had 40-degrees-below wind chill,” Kvam said, “so that was a little different.”

While there weren’t any wrestling or swimming meets scheduled for Monday or Tuesday, practices for those sports were suspended.

Etowah wrestling coach Charles Higdon, whose team won its area duals last weekend and will compete in the state duals beginning Thursday, encouraged his wrestlers to continue working out. A group of them even organized a practice at a local wrestling facility, since they weren’t permitted to practice on campus.
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