Woodstock athletic director Scott Krug said that some of the coaches from his school didn’t leave the campus until midnight, after helping the students stranded on campus.
“They were helping get students down the road to the Hardee’s/Red Burrito and Starbucks area to meet their parents,” Krug said of the area west of the school on Towne Lake Parkway.
While all of the county’s schools released students early Tuesday, impassible roads left many students and teachers at the schools or on the roads late into the day. Some coaches helped their athletes, who were expecting parents to pick them up after games or practices, get home safely, while others remained at the school.
“You have to remember, they are teachers, too, so they are here to help the students,” Krug said.
Krug went on to say it would be last least another day before he started working with his counterparts at other high schools to reschedule the games that were canceled Tuesday.
Woodstock was supposed to host Walton in basketball Tuesday night. Etowah was to host Wheeler, and Cherokee was scheduled to play at Roswell in Region 5AAAAAA action. Also postponed were Creekview’s games at Pope, Sequoyah’s games at Kell and River Ridge’s games at Gilmer.
When school was canceled Jan. 7 due to cold weather, many games were simply moved to the following day, but that won’t work this time. All school activities were canceled Wednesday as well, and school district officials made the call Wednesday morning to cancel classes for today, too.
That means the earliest athletic teams can practice or compete would be Friday.
Woodstock is already scheduled to host Lassiter on Friday in basketball, while Etowah will host Roswell and Cherokee will host Walton. Sequoyah is scheduled to play at North Springs, and Creekview is scheduled to host Northview. River Ridge is scheduled to host Cedartown.
None of the schools have games scheduled for Saturday, which could provide a potential makeup date for games postponed from Tuesday.
Etowah athletic director Robert VanAlstyne said that he had already arranged to move Tuesday’s postponed games to Wednesday, but when school was canceled for Wednesday, those plans were nullified.
In order to make it easier to make up the postponed games before the end of the regular season Feb. 7, the Georgia High School Associated announced that it would be waiving the weekday restrictions with regard to scheduling basketball games for the remainder of the season.
Schools will be able to make up games on any day of the week. Under normal rules, teams are only allowed to compete one night during each school week.
Wrestling is the other sport that could be effected by the weather. Traditional area tournaments are scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday. Those meets cannot be postponed until next week because of the timing of the sectional and state meets.
Krug said it is too early to say for sure, but he expects the meets to go on as scheduled.
VanAlstyne said that, if school is in session Friday, the wrestling meet will be able to go on as scheduled, but if it is canceled, they would need to seek permission from the district in order to hold it Saturday.
“As long as we have school on Friday, it will go on,” VanAlstyne said. “If this weather turns and some of the ice melts, our intention is to hold the (area) wrestling match on Saturday morning.”