CLOVER — High school spring sports participants have been greeted with good weather in preseason preparations. But Clover High School athletic director Carroll Hester said inclement weather can cause scheduling dilemmas along the way.
“We’ve had some nice weather in the preseason and hope it will continue,” said Hester. “The weather usually cooperates, with a few make up events along the way.”
Hester said the key is to make up the games as soon as possible. “There are rare occasions when a late-season rescheduled event is not played unless there are playoff implications,” he said.
Hester said there are other considerations impacting the rescheduling. He noted that boys’ and girls’ soccer participants can compete in cold, rainy conditions.
“We have to consider the parents and other supporters of the teams,” he said. “They would prefer not to watch the games under rainy conditions. You also have to consider the opponent when rescheduling and choose a date that is suitable for them.”
Hester said spring sports is the busiest of all of the high school sports seasons. “We will have close to 300 kids participating in various spring sports at Clover High School,” he said. “It’s exciting to see this many kids participating in sports at our school.”
With 14 Clover High School teams involved in spring sports, Hester enjoys observing all of the teams. “I enjoy going from field to field and practice to practice,” he said.
Hester said lacrosse gets a head start on all of the other spring sports teams. “Their season begins Tuesday.”
Hester reminds Blue Eagle fans that several preseason tournaments will be played the end of this month. “Spring sports other than lacrosse will crank things up March 10 and 11,” Hester said.
Region 3-AAAA competition begins March 11.
Following is a list of the varsity spring coaches at Clover High School:
Darrell VanDyke, baseball; Eric Hopper, boys’ golf; Graham Stafford, boys’ soccer; Kelsey Geary, girls’ soccer; Shea Hall, girls’ softball; Phil Wingard, boys’ tennis; Danielle John, girls’ lacrosse; Matt Lindner, boys’ lacrosse; Jeremy Smith, girls’ and boys’ track.
For details, contact the CHS athletic office, 803-810-8214.