After wave of postponements, teams keep eyes on the weather

After wave of postponements, teams keep eyes on the weather

The threat of sleet, snow and freezing conditions led to the postponement of at least 11 high school sports events in East Central Illinois on Thursday, with multiple others affected in some way and the outlook of today's contests unclear.

Unit 4 Schools called off the entirety of its after-school activities slate early Thursday afternoon, and the likes of Danville, Monticello, Unity, Mahomet-Seymour and Rantoul also ruled out some scheduled competitions due to travel concerns.

Other institutions bumped up their varsity contests one or two hours to avoid adding more shuffling for teams that have been heavily impacted by weather since Christmastime.

Centennial athletic director Tony Millard said discussions with ADs at Champaign Central, M-S and Danville directed him to cancel his school's girls' basketball game at Danville and swim meet at Normal West, even before the district office weighed in.

"We wanted to err on the side of caution," Millard said. "We just came to the conclusion that by the time (the events) were done, the weather doesn't look good. The ice is more worrisome than anything, and it's better to be safe than sorry."

Millard said he doesn't anticipate today's Centennial-Bloomington boys' basketball affair being affected, though anticipated overnight freezing and low wind-chill values leading to outright school cancellations wouldn't be out of the question.

"We haven't factored that in yet," Millard said. "That thought hasn't crossed my mind yet. They wouldn't be leaving until 4 o'clock, so we may hold off on making those decisions until later in the day."