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Winter weather keeps athletes grounded

By Staff | Apr 2, 2008

Estherville Lincoln Central’s 4x200-meter relay team worked on its handoffs during Tuesday’s cool weather. Above, Chris Blinkmann hands off to teammate Dan Kirchner. EDN photo by David Swartz

It’s a typical spring in Northwest Iowa.

While track, golf and tennis teams have been trying to practice the last few weeks, the weather hasn’t cooperated in allowing the athletes outdoors very often.

ELC’s first two track meets have been canceled with the first tennis matches, scheduled for Thursday, getting postponed to a later date.

Except for a couple indoor meets, the only teams in competitive action are the Iowa Lakes teams–and that’s because they all travel south to compete.

The Laker baseball team squeezed in its home opener last week, but the softball team has yet to play a game in Estherville. Today’s softball doubleheader with Ellsworth has been moved to Fort Dodge.

Fortunately, the snow seems to melt within a day after falling, so look for these athletes to finally begin competing–knock on wood, cross your fingers or do a sun dance.