Snow alters Saturday's prep scheduling

Snow alters Saturday's prep scheduling

Thus far in the 2018-19 winter high school sports season, Illinois-based teams and their fans have experienced good luck with the weather.

But that all changes this weekend, as projected significant snowfall has caused mass cancellations to area contests.

Local schools took the route of early action Friday morning and afternoon, postponing numerous events to prevent potentially dangerous travel.

A forecast from the National Weather Service's Lincoln branch on Friday afternoon estimated as much as 8 inches of snow in Champaign and up to 9 and 10 inches in surrounding areas.

Most of Friday's showcases went on as scheduled, though a few were wiped out by the possibility of snowfall Friday evening.

One well-known event that, as of publication time Friday, had not been affected was the Vermilion County basketball tournament.

Action is set to begin today at 10:30 a.m., with programs from Armstrong-Potomac, Bismarck-Henning/Rossville-Alvin, Georgetown-Ridge Farm, Hoopeston Area, Oakwood, Salt Fork and Westville slated to pack Danville's David S. Palmer Arena.

UPDATE: The Vermilion County Tournament's first day of action was postponed Saturday morning. Games will now start Monday evening.

Other bouts were not so lucky — across all winter athletic ventures.

The Illini Prairie Conference wrestling meet, which started Friday in Tolono, was supposed to continue today. Instead, the second day of action will occur Monday, Jan. 21, still in Tolono.

The Little Okaw Valley Conference girls' hoops tournament was slated to open today in Bethany and Martinsville, but instead will be pushed to a Monday start at both locations.

Another popular local grappling contest, Mahomet-Seymour's Marty Williams Invitational, is washed out until Jan. 21. The school's athletics Twitter account said 20 of the original 25 teams planning to attend still could on the new date.

And there will be no local boys' swimmers or divers hitting the pool today, with four separate meets — including one at Centennial High School — cancelled because of weather concerns.