SJ-O won't let weather get in the way
Call it a delay of game, with no penalty assessed.
Area sporting events are being affected in advance by the impending rainfall predicted for the weekend as the fallout from Hurricane Isaac.
The concluding matches in the Sangamon Valley Conference soccer tournament, scheduled for Saturday, were postponed. They will be played at a date to be determined.
Centennial's boys' soccer team was scheduled to play this weekend at the Springfield Sacred Heart-Griffin tournament, but the event was canceled.
State-ranked St. Joseph-Ogden (No. 8 in Class 3A) moved its home football opener against Carterville from 2:30 p.m. Saturday to 7:30 Friday night.
"We didn't want them to drive four hours and go home and not have a game," SJ-O coach Dick Duval said.
Meanwhile, some events remain in limbo.
No decision has yet been made on Saturday morning's running of the Chrisman Cowchip Classic.
"We will assess the situation (Friday) and make a decision then," athletic director Kelly Hilligoss said.
Illinois officials said earlier in the week that an evacuation plan is in place for Saturday's football opener against Western Michigan.
The weather forced postponement of two games: Thursday's Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech matchup (rescheduled for Oct. 13) and Saturday's Nicholls State-Oregon State contest. Otherwise, the rest of this week's openers are to be played as scheduled.