More than a dozen Tuesday basketball playoff games have been postponed due to icy weather conditions. Fulton County has also announced that all Tuesday athletic events have been called off.
It is the fourth time this season that the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) has dealt with weather postponements during basketball season, but this is most alarming: It is during the state playoffs, and could force some teams to have to play on back-to-back days. The quarterfinals round are scheduled to start at neutral sites on Friday.
“It’s unfortunate, (the snow) has really messed things up,” GHSA executive director Ralph Swearngin said. “We’re just not equipped down here to deal with it.
“There are other states that this situation is normal procedure, and they wouldn’t blink an eye at it. In Georgia, however, we have to pay attention and deal with it.”
The scheduling for all second-round playoff games is worked out between the competing schools, and not the GHSA. However, the GHSA has instructed for all Tuesday playoff games to be played, unless weather safety conditions prevent it.
Any postponements must be discussed and approved by the GHSA.
“It’s kind of an individual deal, because not all parts of the state are affected by the bad weather,” Swearngin said.
Most of Tuesday’s playoff games are between boys teams, while Wednesday’s schedule is predominantly girls games. If there are massive postponements also on Wednesday, it could cause major scheduling concerns with quarterfinal rounds set for Friday.
“This weekend’s third-round games will not be changed,” Swearngin said. “We’ve got to stay with them because of the (neutral) venues that will be used.”
Playoff games postponed to Wednesday.
Campbell girls at McEachern, 6 p.m.
N. Cobb girls at Milton, 6 p.m.
Marietta girls at Norcross, 5 p.m.
Marietta boys at Milton, 7:30 p.m.
Wheeler boys at Central Gwinnett, 7 p.m.
Campbell boys at McEachern, 7:30 p.m.
Stephenson boys at Tift County, 7 p.m.
Lithia Springs boys at Hiram, 7:30 p.m.
Hillgrove boys at Rockdale County, 7 p.m.
Banneker boys at Miller Grove, 7 p.m.
Chamblee boys at Mays, 7:30 p.m.
Flowery Branch girls at Columbia, 6 p.m.
Monroe girls at LaGrange, 6 p.m.
Washington County boys at South Atlanta, 7 p.m.
Monroe boys at LaGrange, 7:30 p.m.
East Hall boys at Columbia, 7:30 p.m.
West Hall boys at Elbert County, 7 p.m.
Greene Co. boys at McIntosh Academy, 7 p.m.
Westminster boys at Jefferson, 7 p.m.
Blessed Trinity boys at Spencer, 7 p.m.
Decatur boys at Callaway, 6 p.m.
St. Francis girls at Pace, 6 p.m.
Wesleyan boys at Pace, 7:30 p.m.
Paideia boys at Whitfield Academy, 7 p.m.
St. Francis boys at Commerce, 7:15 p.m.
Playoff games postponed to Thursday
East Hall girls at Stephens County, 7 p.m.
Paideia girls at Prince Avenue, 7 p.m.
Click here for the GHSA’s list of postponements. If you know of any other ones not listed, please post below.