Weather Forces Dubuque Schools to Cancel Sporting Events

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter


By Katie Wiedemann

DUBUQUE, Iowa - It's eerily quiet on the tennis courts at Dubuque Senior High School. There's only the sound of the nets whipping in the wind.

Dubuque Schools Athletic Director Amy Hawkins said, "we squeedgy those courts the best we can but when it's raining it's pretty impossible to play tennis. "

On the track there are no cheers at the finish line. No one is leaping over hurdles. Pat Murphy has been the Men's Track and Field Coach for 40 years.

Murphy said, "this spring season has been the worst. To try to get meets in, to try to get practices in. It's just terrible."

Athletic directors say scheduling indoor practices for four spring sports is a nightmare.

Hawkins said, "everybody want to be inside in their gym right after school. So we have to balance that. We have teams practicing at 7, 8, 9 at night. "

Across town, at Hempstead High School, teachers try to squeeze by as student athletes practice in the hallways.

"If you don't probably laugh about it, you'd probably go crazy, "said Hawkins.

Already this season, Dubuque Senior High School cancelled two track meets. In Tennis, the Senior vs. Wahlert Catholic meet was postponed five times. At Hempstead High School they've postponed or cancelled four tennis meets, one soccer game, one golf match and five track meets. It's getting pretty frustrating for all involved.

At Wahlert Catholic High School directors have cancelled 38 spring sporting events.

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