Archive for Wednesday, September 5, 2001

Lightning postpones cross country, soccer

September 5, 2001

A little rain never ruined a soccer game or cross country meet, but lightning can take care of each swiftly.

Tonganoxie's home soccer game and cross country meet were canceled Thursday because of lightning.

The teams planned to compete in the rain, but both events were called about 4:30 p.m. because of the weather.

The cross country meet was originally scheduled for 4 p.m., and a wait-and-see approach was used before calling for a postponement. The quadrangular meet was moved to next Monday. Tonganoxie will now open the season at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at the Maur Hill Invitational in Atchison.

THS coach Phil Williams doesn't mind starting with the larger meet, but would have liked to see his younger runners participate in a smaller meet first.

"It would have been nice to get the small meet in for the young kids who come in without experience," Williams said.

Last year's field had about 10 teams in each race.

The boys took second last year while the girls finished seventh in the large meet.

"We need to talk about running in a group of 100," Williams said.

The Chieftain coach expects the boys to challenge for first place again this year. He also looks for the girls to finish in the top five.

The soccer season started against a different look as well.

Tonganoxie, instead, opened the season against Basehor-Linwood at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Basehor. A complete report of that game will appear in next week's Mirror.

A make-up date for the game against Free State last Thursday is still being decided.

Two options are Friday or Oct. 6, which is a Saturday. The Chieftains already have two games scheduled for this week, but coach Harold Pittman wants to avoid a Saturday game.

"We try to stay away from the weekend if we can," Pittman said. "We want guys to spend time with their family or do what they need to do."

Pittman said his team looked very prepared for the Free State game, but the extra wait won't hurt.

"I think they'll be hungry because they didn't play," Pittman said. "This could be to our advantage because this is a league game coming up."

The Bobcats had some growing pains in their inaugural high school season.

"The second time we played them they kind of gave us a scare," Pittman said, referring to last season.

Tonganoxie will also play at 4:30 p.m. Thursday at Perry for a game against Perry-Lecompton. Junior varsity will play at 4:30 against Basehor-Linwood and 6 p.m. against Perry-Lecompton.

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