Storm cancels athletic contests in Tahoe Basin schools |

Storm cancels athletic contests in Tahoe Basin schools

Athletic contests among high schools in the Tahoe Basin were postponed Monday due to problems resulting from the behemoth snowstorm socking the Tahoe region.

School closures and athletic cancellations were as widespread as Washoe County, Tahoe Truckee and Lake Tahoe Unified School Districts.

Douglas County School District continued classes Monday, except for at schools within the Tahoe Basin, such as Whittell High School, Kingsbury Middle School and Zephyr Cove Elementary.

The Whittell Warriors were scheduled to travel to Right of Passage for boys’ varsity and junior varsity basketball, but the games were postponed. It was not clear Monday if the games will be rescheduled.

South Tahoe High didn’t have any games scheduled Monday, but it may be forced to postpone events scheduled for today it the weather doesn’t break.

The boys’ and girls’ varsity basketball teams are scheduled to play McQueen at 7 p.m., with junior varsity and freshman games starting as early as 3:45 p.m.

“There’s not one basketball game in the world that’s worth getting a kid hurt over,” said South Tahoe High School Assistant Principal and Athletics Administrator Jack Stafford.

Stafford added that if the school is forced to postpone varsity contests, they will be rescheduled at a later date, but that it’s not likely the junior varsity or freshman contests will be rescheduled.

Whether additional contests scheduled for today will take place will be determined by the individual school districts.

But the situation doesn’t look good. Many weather reports indicate that snow is predicted to continue throughout the week.

According to the Web site, daytime highs are not expected to reach much higher than 38 degrees, with overnight lows in the low 20s or mid-teens.

“I was hoping that it might break, but I don’t think it’s going to,” said STHS girls’ basketball coach Chris Proctor about the storm Monday afternoon. Proctor hoped to resume practice, but strong wind and snow continued to fall intermittently throughout the afternoon and evening Monday at lake level.

Whittell High School girls’ basketball team is scheduled to travel to North Tahoe today for a 4:30 p.m. game.

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