School, prep athletics canceled or postponed this week
You can forget about watching any high school sports in the Tahoe Basin for the rest of this week.
With storms heading back to the area today after a day of respite, more snow is on the way, forcing yet more Tahoe school closures and athletic contest cancellations.
Tahoe-Truckee Unified School District and Lake Tahoe Unified School District canceled school for the remainder of the week, said school district officials Wednesday. Many athletic events have also been canceled or postponed.
So far, South Tahoe High School has only postponed one league match, that between Hug High and the Viking wrestlers, which was scheduled to take place Wednesday. The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association requires league varsity contests be rescheduled, but does not take a position on nonleague or nonvarsity contests.
“Typically, if a game early in the season is postponed, we want the schools to make it up as soon as possible,” said NIAA spokesman Donnie Nelson.
The NIAA does make exceptions to the rule later in the season if the contests don’t affect league standings, but the historical examples are few and far between.
Nonleague contests across the board are falling by the wayside as well, with little hope that they will be rescheduled. Wayne Fields, principal for North Tahoe High School, said that it’s unlikely the Tahoe-Truckee schools will reschedule the games because it already has a packed league schedule. As the league games begin, Fields said the schools have less interest in nonleague contests.
North Tahoe was scheduled to play Whittell in girls basketball on Tuesday, and the Lakers were slated to play the South Tahoe boys’ basketball team today.
The week absence, which now stretches the winter break from two weeks to three, also puts Lake Tahoe schools at a disadvantage compared with Reno programs because of missing practice, said South Tahoe High School Athletics Director Don Borges, who was busy calling coaches Wednesday, instructing them not to hold practice.
Borges, who graduated from South Tahoe High School, said he couldn’t remember the last time the schools was closed for this long.
The only school district outside the Tahoe Basin in Northern Nevada to cancel classes this week is Washoe County School District, which only canceled classes on Monday. Douglas and Carson High Schools continued classes throughout the week.
Borges, who lives near South Tahoe High School, said Wednesday afternoon that he was without power for the previous 24 to 36 hours.
“I’m sure there’s lots of people all over the lake having problems,” he said.
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