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Winter is taking a toll on winter sports schedules

Brad Schmitt is ready for some “quiet” weather.  Sunny skies and warm temperatures would be perfect, but he’ll settle for dry — as in no snow or ice — weather for a while.  It has been, to put it mildly, a harsh winter for activities directors like Schmitt.  New Hampton alone has been forced to postpone six boys basketball games, six girls basketball games, a number of middle school events and a wrestling meet because of Old Man Winter.  The latest postponements came Tuesday, when a home boys basketball game and a girls basketball game at Decorah were scratched after an ice storm struck the area. Those games were originally scheduled for Dec. 16, a day a snowstorm hit the area.  “I feel like I live on the phone these days,” said Schmitt, who is in his first full year as New Hampton’s activities director.  The rest of the story may be found in the Jan. 20 Tribune.

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