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Spring Sports Begin, Snow Fills Most Fields

Updated: March 11, 2019 08:57 PM

February's record snowfall still covers most of the high school baseball, softball, and lacrosse fields across the Northland.

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"There's nothing better than a softball game in 60 degree weather and the sun coming out," shared Dan Stauber, Activities Director for Proctor.

But that day is a few weeks out, to be sure. Their first baseball game at Egerdahl is slated for April 4th.

On Monday, snow removal on the field was in full swing. "With our artificial turf, we have a little bit of an advantage. We can plow it off," explained John Engelking, the Proctor superintendent. "Once the sun hits it, the field will start to absorb heat and get some melting going."

Still, the teams are prepared to practice indoors for a few weeks, like usual. "They can use the new track at the new arena," explained Stauber. "And we have the field house, with time slots through 11pm."

Over in Cloquet, seniors on the track and field team are ready for the start of the season. Andre Peters shared, "I'm feeling good, excited about the new season coming up. Outside we can do more, but we can still do sprints in the middle school."

The team will likely help clear their track of its layer of snow.

Kelly Lorenz added, "We are not allowed to shovel it. It ruins the top layer. But we take our big winter boots, and after practice, walk a lap on the track. That breaks up the ice, and the sun can get down there and melt the snow and ice."

But the weather doesn't bother them. Dru Senich, another senior, "We all love it. And the sport. It doesn't really matter, inside or outside, we're always having fun, so."

"I think there are so many great places outside to run, like Jay Cooke. We get to run there, and it's beautiful outside," added Payten Schneberger.

Kendra Kelley is looking forward to defending her state title, in the 200. "It teaches you lessons, battling over adversity. If it's not snowing, it's probably raining. You're dealing with what comes at you."

And golf courses may be seeing later start times this year, with such a large snow pack.

Still, they are taking it all in stride. "We're used to it," added Lorenz.

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