Weather forces changes in conference races
Tuesday, April 16, 2013 6:13 AM
The Three Rivers Conference (TRC) athletic directors met for four hours on Monday of this week and have decided to alter the conference championship formats for golf and baseball this spring due to the unprecedented weather delays that appear to be ongoing. All six spring sport teams are shared by Spring Grove and Caledonia school districts and compete in the TRC.
Alex Marshall, 1600-meter run at Decorah Invite
The TRC track championship is determined in one day at the annual conference track meet, and that event is not affected by the current weather delays. And at this date, the athletic directors feel that the softball title race will be able to complete its normal course.
But the other three spring sports title chases, all of which normally employ a longer double round-robin home and away format, will be hard pressed to complete that process in the time remaining.
Baseball usually has a double round-robin of 20 games. Now there will be a single round-robin of 10 games to decide the league champion. If a second game is played against a TRC rival, only the first will count toward the conference title.
For Caledonia/Spring Grove, two baseball make-up games earlier scheduled as home double headers will now revert back to single games - April 25 versus Fillmore Central/Lanesboro and May 9 against Rushford-Peterson. And a Saturday, May 18 makeup at GMLOK has been canceled as no longer needed to determine a league champion.
Currently, there are five games remaining on the C/SG baseball schedule that would be second games between the two teams. These games will not count in the TRC standings unless the earlier first meeting has to be canceled.
Likewise in boys golf and girls golf, if two home and away dual matches are able to be played, only the first will count toward the respective South Zone and North Zone championships.
The second part of the double round-robin will now come from the rankings at the conference golf tournament. Normally, the conference tourney does not affect the two division races.
In response to questions concerning the delay of postseason sub-section, section and state tournaments, the Minnesota State High School League issued this statement on April 15:
"Given the number of changes that would need to be addressed at subsection, section and state tournament sites, as well as family plans, summer jobs, camps and clinics, and other summer activities that would be conflicted, it doesn't seem as if that's an option that could realistically be considered."