For a sports reporter covering middle school and high school sports in a small town the spring sports season is no joke. There are multiple events pretty much every day, that is unless an extremely cold airmass, carrying plenty of precipitation with it, moves in and makes itself comfortable for several days.
The phrase I heard most often last week was, “It’s canceled.”
Powerlifting, cancelled; two day tennis tournament, cancelled; baseball scrimmages, cancelled; softball scrimmages, cancelled; soccer games, cancelled; school, cancelled; and even the Bi-District girls’ basketball game between Burnet and Smithville was re-scheduled three times. By the end of the weekend the game, originally scheduled for Thursday, had still not been played.
Burnet’s head coach Rick Gates said on Saturday that he expects to reach out to the UIL for guidance since playoffs games have to be played by certain dates for bracket purposes. He also said it’s highly possible once they can get back to the court that they might have to play on back-to-back dates.
Hopefully by the time this publication hits on Wednesday things will have returned to normal somewhat allowing the girls to get to work with post-season play.
If you watched the news over the weekend you know just how crazy this weather is for Texas. It’s hasn’t been this cold for this long in years and years. I honestly don’t ever remember a time that we received snow three times in one winter.
Before moving on a shoutout to all the utility workers that have done an excellent job keeping the power on and the water flowing. Thank you also to the retail workers who have been working tirelessly to keep the shelves stocked as best they can.
There were a few activities that happened in the sports world last week in Burnet. On Monday, Feb. 8 the Lady Dawgs traveled to Liberty Hill to face district opponent Salado for a third time. The two teams ended district with a tied record resulting in a co-district championship for each squad. The game was played to decide who would represent as the 19-4A No. 1 seed and unfortunately Burnet lost putting them as the No. 2 seed representative. They were scheduled to face Smithville on Thursday for the Bi-District championship but as of presstime that game was still on hold due to weather.
The Lady Dawg and Bulldog soccer teams did get some district games in early in the week before Friday’s cancellations.
The Bulldog golf team traveled to Kingsland on Monday for a round of play at the Lighthouse course.
Burnet’s swimmers didn’t have to brave the waters of a swimming pool this week, but five members of the team earned some extra recognition after being honored by the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association, the Texas High School Coaches Association, and the Texas Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association. Be sure to check out those accomplishments in this week’s sports pages.
I’ll end this week by saying I’m thankful for living in a place that only experiences true winter-like conditions for week’s instead of months. This weekend is predicted to once again be beautiful, so I hope to see everyone out supporting their favorite athletes as they return to their sports.
That’s all for this week. Stay warm and thanks for reading the Burnet Bulletin.