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Snow? Please no... Busy area sports schedule could be hampered by weather

By Morgan Lee Sports Editor
Children and weathermen may smile at the thought of snow. The rest of us, however, cringe -- especially now; and not just because of the Interstate 285 parking lot that developed two weeks ago.

Any missed school time from the predicted snow on late Monday/Tuesday could mean missed game time, and the reality is that there is simply no time for missed contests this week -- not with region basketball tournaments and the final wrestling meet of the winter upon us.

Postseason tournaments will tip off today for the area's regions (see below for a more complete schedule) -- but the potential winter weather could wreak havoc with those schedules.

There are contingency plans in place -- for example Region 7-AAA, which will begin tournament play on Tuesday, will move its tournament back one day if the weather will not cooperate. If the snow piles up for two straight days, 7-AAA will keep games at their original sites but play all contests on Thursday. For example the girls games scheduled for North Hall on Tuesday will take place at the same time on Thursday. The same will hold true for boys games at Dawson County, while the boys and girls games that are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday at Buford will be squeezed into one day of contests at Buford.

Yet with our location, the roads and weather involved, there could be changes occurring by the hour, so stay with us for updates this week.

Also, just in time for another arctic blast, spring sports are starting to kick off in earnest this week -- at least in theory. Tennis has already gotten underway, while soccer will begin its campaign this week and baseball, golf, track and lacrosse are close to follow.

It's a warm and cozy thought -- very much unlike the weather headed our way.

AREA SPORTS SCHEDULE, FEB. 10-15
Monday, Feb. 10
BASKETBALL:
Region 8-A play-in game
Region 8-AAAA girls quarterfinals at Lanier
Region 8-AAAAA boys/girls play-in games

SOCCER:
Johnson at Lakeview


Tuesday, Feb. 11
BASKETBALL:
Region 8-A tournament at Commerce
Region 8-AA boys/girls quarterfinals at Rabun County
Region 7-AAA girls quarterfinals at North Hall and Buford
Region 8-AAAA boys quarterfinals at Lanier
Region 8-AAAAA boys/girls quarterfinals at Loganville

SOCCER:
Berkmar at Gainesville
West Hall at North Forsyth
Buford at Flowery Branch
Franklin County at Chestatee


Wednesday, Feb. 12
BASKETBALL:
Region 8-A quarterfinals at Commerce
Region 8-AA boys/girls quarterfinals at Rabun County
Region 7-AAA boys quarterfinals at Buford and Dawson County
Region 8-AAAAA boys/girls quarterfinals at Loganville

SOCCER:
 Cross Keys at West Hall


Thursday, Feb. 13
BASKETBALL:
Region 8-A quarterfinals at Commerce
Region 8-AAAA semifinals at Lanier
Region 8-AAAAA semifinals at Loganville

WRESTLING:
State Traditional Finals at Gwinnett Arena

SOCCER:
Johnson at Flowery Branch


Friday, Feb. 14
BASKETBALL:
Region 8-A semifinals at Commerce
Region 8-AA semifinals at Rabun County
Region 7-AAA semifinals at Buford
Region 8-AAAA finals at Lanier
Region 8-AAAAA finals at Loganville

WRESTLING:
State Traditional Finals at Gwinnett Arena

SOCCER:
Gainesville at West Hall
Forsyth Central at Flowery Branch
Coahulla Creek at Buford


Saturday, Feb. 15
BASKETBALL:
Region 8-A finals at Commerce
Region 8-AA finals at Rabun County
Region 7-AAA finals at Buford

WRESTLING:
State Traditional Finals at Gwinnett Arena
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