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December 19, 2013 at 4:33 PM

Weather could influence Friday games

The National Weather Service has issued a “Winter Storm Watch” for the Seattle area Friday morning. Tacoma is expected to get up to 2 inches of snow, while Seattle and northward could receive 2 to 4 inches of snow. Areas north and east of the Puget Sound could get up to 5 inches.

Inclement weather could effect high school sports. If a school day is canceled or there is an early release, school-sanctioned afternoon activities do not occur, Skyline athletic director Ryan Gilbert said. If there is a two-hour delay in the morning, as it often happens, then evening games can still be played.

Friday is a busy day for high school basketball games, with both boys and girls playing. If snow were to cancel games on Friday, Gilbert said it would be easier to reschedule them than if it were to happen later in the season. Furthermore, if weather were to cancel games on just one day (instead of two or three in a week span), then the two schools involved can work together to play the contest at a later date.

If multiple days are missed, then the make-up scenarios get murky because it is not merely one school dealing with another. It also gets interesting if teams in different school districts are playing. For instance, Issaquah plays at Ballard on Friday and it is conceivable that Issaquah would be off while Ballard is in session because of elevation differences.

Gilbert said that athletic directors are in constant communication and would figure it out when the time comes.

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