The skies around Dawson County began to leak rain in the early afternoon of Feb. 18 and did not let up until water had soaked the region for the next six days and wreaked havoc with the high school spring sports schedule.
Weather forced the cancellation of the entire weekly schedule for baseball, while soccer and tennis managed to squeeze in games early in the week before the remainder of their schedule was washed out.
Soccer splits games with Red Elephants
Originally scheduled as an away game, the Feb. 22 contest between the Tigers and the Red Elephants was moved to Dawson County High School due to poor field conditions in Gainesville.
Despite the sudden home field advantage, the Tigers left the game still seeking their first win of the season as they dropped to 0-3 overall after a 2-0 shut-out loss at the hands of the Red Elephants.
The Lady Tigers fared better as they secured their fourth win of the season with a 4-1 victory over their Gainesville counterparts. The win extended the team’s record to 4-1 overall as they prepare for the beginning of the regional schedule.
“We have played pretty well the last couple of weeks, but I think there is still plenty of room for improvement,” varsity girls Head Coach Chess Hamby said. “We have a few girls back from injury, so we are still looking to improve the connections and timing of some of the passes. We are going to use the open week this week to prepare to face a tough region schedule.”
The teams will be back in action on March 5 when they head down the road to take on the Chestatee War Eagles in a set of games scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.
Baseball team loses week of season
The Tigers baseball team has not seen the field for 11 days as rain forced the cancellation of both games with Prince Avenue High School and an away game at Gainesville during the week of Feb. 18.
After opening the season with a 4-0 loss to the Chestatee War Eagles on Feb. 13, the loss of competitive playing time and outdoor practice is bound to have an impact on the team this early in the season, according to Head Coach Dwayne Sapp.
“Not being able to get games or practice on the field does hurt in development. There is no substitute for game experience,” Sapp said. “The biggest issues with not playing is trying to sort out a line up and getting the right guys in the right positions.”
Dawson County was back on the field as they played host to Mount Bethel on Feb. 25. Results were unavailable as of press time.
Tiger tennis takes on Gilmer ahead of rain
With only two matches scheduled for the week, the Dawson County tennis program managed to play half of their schedule as they took on the Gilmer Bobcats on Feb. 18, but saw the Feb. 20 contest versus the Denmark Danes canceled due to weather.
In a match described as “not our best showing” by Head Coach Allen Logan, the varsity boys’ team lost to the Bobcats by a final score of 5-0.
On the girls’ side of the court, the battle was more competitive as freshman Kathryn Menoche and senior Tyler Perry won their singles matches, but the Bobcats went on to win the other three contests and the Lady Tigers also recorded a loss by the final score of 3-2.