The wintry, blizzard, snowy conditions have taken the Northwoods by storm. Not only does it affect everyday life, but it has effected the sporting world.
Over the weekend, five different teams saw their games get cancelled or postponed because of the snow.
On Friday, the Lakeland girls and boys’ basketball teams had games against Medford. The girls were going to host Medford and the boys were to travel to Medford.
The games were moved up to 6 p.m. because of the incoming snow earlier in the week. But once it looked like there would be blizzard conditions for the drive back, the games were postponed as of Friday morning.
Medford High School is 87.1 miles from Lakeland Union High School. If the distance were shorter, the games might have been played as scheduled, but because of the longer drive, they were postponed.
The girls are set to make their game up Tuesday, Jan. 28 in Lakeland starting at 7 p.m. The boys will travel to Medford on Thursday, Jan. 30 for a game time at 6 p.m.
Both the boys and girls are coming off losses at Mosinee on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
The girls’ next game comes tonight starting at 7:15 p.m. against Merrill. Coverage of that game will be in the Jan. 24 edition of The Times
The boys return to the court Friday, Jan. 24 at New London starting at 7 p.m.
Lakeland boys’ hockey had a “Pink in the Rink” night set up for Friday, Jan. 17, against D.C. Everest. It’s a special game where all the proceeds go to Marshfield Clinic’s Northwoods Cancer Care Fund.
Then they were supposed to play on Saturday at Stevens Point. The snowy conditions had subsided, but the game was still postponed.
The boys are set to make up their game with D.C. Everest on Saturday, Jan. 25 with a start time at 7 p.m. The game at Stevens Point had no make-up date as of Sunday.
The postponed games did allow the boys’ hockey team to get 100% healthy for the rest of their season. The hockey team is just one Lakeland team dealing with sickness.
“Yesterday and today would’ve been our first game with everyone available since Christmas break,” boys’ hockey coach Jake Suter said.
The Thunderbirds are coming off a 7-2 conference win against Rhinelander on Tuesday, Jan. 14.
They returned to the rink Monday against Medford. Coverage of that game will be in the Jan. 24 edition of The Times
Then they play at the Lakeland Ice Arena on Thursday, Jan. 23 against Barron Area Schools starting at 6 p.m.
The Lakeland wrestling team was lined up to travel to Ashland High School for an invitational. That invitational got cancelled altogether and will not be made up.
They were able to compete at home against Rhinelander for a conference dual match on Thursday. The Hodags won 40-33.
The wrestling team returns to the mat Thursday, Jan. 23 at home against Medford starting at 7 p.m.
The Northern Edge hockey team had a home game at Langlade County Multi-Purpose Building in Antigo against Chippewa Falls.
Then, they had a triangular set up at the Simek Recreational Center in Medford on Saturday. The triangular got cancelled.
The game against Chippewa Falls has been rescheduled for Thursday, Feb. 13 starting at 6 p.m.
The girls are coming off an 8-1 win against Medford on Monday, Jan. 13.
They return to the rink Thursday, Jan. 23 against Marshfield starting at 7 p.m. The location of the game is to be determined.
Brett LaBore may be reached at [email protected] or [email protected]