Ophelia puts athletics on hold for two days


First Posted: 1/15/2009

While Ophelia bore down on the North Carolina coast, wavering between a hurricane and tropical storm, Robeson County high schools were scurrying to keep their student-athletes off the roads.
On Tuesday, five of the county's six high schools canceled athletic events for that night. Purnell Swett was the only school to play its games. All events are off tonight.
“The individual schools will try to make those games up next week,” County Athletics Director Ronnie Chavis said. “All we can do is try to schedule the games for the next available playing date.”
Robeson County schools have also been closed today.
“Any time you're out of school because of the weather, you cannot practice or play without the superintendent's permission,” Chavis said, adding that if the storm was not severe, he may seek that permission. “We'll have to wait and see what the weather's like.”
Among those events canceled are several girls' tennis and volleyball matches, cross country meets and a boys soccer game.
“There's a big soccer match between Lumberton and Terry Sanford (today),” Chavis said. “I doubt it will happen.”
Chavis said that, while inconvenient, the threat of a hurricane is nothing unusual for the area.
Still, the latest forecast appears to show the worst of Ophelia will be felt elsewhere.
“I don't think we're going to be as heavily affected as the coastal areas,” Chavis said. “Personally, I feel like we'll be back in school Thursday and we can resume our schedule and try to make up those games next week.”
Chavis said all athletic events scheduled for Thursday will likely go on as scheduled - as will Friday night's varsity football games.

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