The Georgia High School Association moved swiftly to postpone this weekend’s swimming state championship and wrestling sectionals, while leaving it up to school administrators to decide on basketball.
It was the third time since early January that cold weather conditions have wrecked havoc on the GHSA’s schedule.
“We saw the handwriting on the wall,” GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin said. “There were school superintendents poised to make that decision for their teams anyways. We didn’t want to have a few schools to drive a long ways to get to swimming or wrestling events early, only to find out that other schools weren’t allowed to travel.
“Somebody, somewhere in Georgia is going to get some snow, therefore we felt like we had to take quick action.”
Swimming’s preliminary races and championship meets scheduled for Friday and Saturday at Westminster have been pushed back until Monday and Tuesday. However, Thursday’s swimming events will still be held.
Also, wrestling’s sectionals and area tournaments for this weekend have also been delayed until Monday and and Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the GHSA has left basketball up to each school’s respective administrators, while making a few stipulations: Non-region games and region games that have no bearing on the seedings for region tournament will not be made up, and while the completion of region tournaments has been moved back three days to Tuesday, Feb. 23.
Here’s reaction from the area’s athletics directors about the postponements: