Fields not likely to be ready for start of spring

Hollis Brookline athletic director Rhon Rupp has seen it before. Just recently, in fact.

It was just a month or so ago when the Cavaliers ice hockey team completed a stretch of six games in eight days to end the regular season. The sudden compact schedule was created by a bevy of postponements due to the deluge of winter storms during February.

“So when I told my spring coaches to be prepared to play four games a week,” Rupp said, “I said I don’t want to hear any complaints. After all, if hockey can do it, they can.”

The Cavaliers are no different than any of the other area high schools preparing for delays to the start of the spring season, and also preparing for all the later-season consequences of those delays.

“We certainly won’t host anything,” Rupp said this past week, citing all the snow covered fields. Now I don’t think the schools up north got hit as hard, so possibly we can play games at those schools.”

Each day after school there’s a loudspeaker request, Rupp said, to move cars out of the main school parking lot so lacrosse and track teams can practice.

Softball is practicing in the gym, while the baseball teams are going to indoor facilities around the area where they can hit and throw.

Tennis is getting time at Nashua Swim & Tennis, but it’s highly unlikely they will be able to use their home courts at Camp Teyva in Brookline, saying the facility probably won’t have them ready until near or after Apr. 15 – if possible.

Right now Rupp feels, like most athletic directors, that it’s just a matter of patience, and time. Also, it will be a case of schools helping schools.

“The ADs in Division II get along very well,” Rupp said. “If our fields aren’t ready, maybe we could use a Milford or a Souhegan’s, if their fields are ready. Or vice-versa.

“It is what it is. We’re going to look back on it at the end of school in June and say we got through it.”