Storm takes toll on weekend sports events
MANCHESTER - Today's snowstorm has caused a flurry of postponements and a few cancellations on the college and high school ranks across the Granite State.
In the high school ranks, the NHIAA has announced the Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Sunday at the University of New Hampshire in Durham. The NHIAA announced the diving events and the Division I and II meets will be staged Sunday. The Division II meet will start 10:30 a.m. and the Division I meet will begin at 4 p.m. Diving events will be held concurrently during the Division I and II meets. The Meet of Champions, scheduled for Sunday, has been cancelled.
"We just don't have the time or the place to run the Meet of Champions this year," said NHIAA executive director Pat Corbin. "It's also my understanding that there will not be a New England meet this year. You need a minimum of three states to compete and Massachusetts announced they were not going to enter it this year."
Corbin said this weekend's storm shouldn't affect the winter sports schedule moving forward. "Other than the swimming and diving meet, we had no state tournaments scheduled this week. It's my understanding the athletic directors have or will reschedule Friday's and Saturday's games. So for now, I don't see any problems moving ahead."
Most, if not all New Hampshire high school events for tonight have been postponed. In addition to the many postponements announced on Wednesday, three more high schools have announced postponements and cancellations for weekend events.
-- Trinity of Manchester: Saturday's wrestling tri-meet with Pinkerton Academy, Campbell of Litchfield and host Bedford has been cancelled.
Trinity athletic director Gary Leonard said today's girls' and boys' basketball games against Keene have been postponed. The Trinity-Keene girls will play in Manchester on Feb. 18 at 7 p.m. The Trinity-Keene boys will play in Keene on Feb. 28 at 7 p.m.
Trinity's home ice hockey game against Exeter, originally slated for Saturday, has been rescheduled for Sunday at St. Anselm College at 6 p.m.
-- Souhegan of Amherst: Today's scheduled varsity games against Hanover have been postponed. Souhegan will host the girls' game on Monday at 6:30 p.m. Hanover will host the boys' game on Saturday, Feb. 23 at 2:30 p.m.
-- Pinkerton Academy: The ice hockey game on Saturday against Nashua North at the Ice Den in Hooksett will be played at 8:10 p.m.
The following colleges and universities have announced postponements or cancellations scheduled for today and Saturday.
-- University of New Hampshire: Today's men's hockey game against the Friars at Providence College has been rescheduled to Wed, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. at Schneider Arena.
Sunday's men's game between UNH and Providence College remains on scheduled for 4 p.m. at the Whittemore Center in Durham.
The women's ice hockey team has announced its road game against Boston University, scheduled for Saturday, has been postponed until Feb. 20 at 7 p.m.
Sunday's women's game between the Wildcats and the University of Connecticut remains as a noon start at the Whittemore Center.
. Dartmouth College: Today's women's basketball game in Hanover against Columbia has been moved up two hours to a 5 p.m. start. Dartmouth's contest with Cornell in Hanover, originally scheduled for Saturday, will now be played on Sunday at 2 p.m.
The men's tennis team cancelled today's afternoon home match against Boston University.
However, Dartmouth's noon men's tennis match today in Hanover is still on the schedule against Binghamton. The Big Green will also host Boston College Sunday at noon.
-- St. Anselm College: The school announced Thursday the women's and men's basketball games in Manchester against Bentley, originally scheduled for Saturday, will be played Sunday at the Stoutenburgh Gym. The women's contest will begin at 3:30 p.m., while the men will tip at 5:30 p.m.
The school also pushed back Tuesday's home games against Merrimack College. The Hawks will play the Warriors on Wednesday with the women's game set to start at 5:30 p.m. followed by the men's game at 7:30 p.m. at Stoutenburgh.
The women's ice hockey game against host UMass-Boston, originally set for Saturday, will be played Monday at 5 p.m. at the Clark Athletics Center.
-- Keene State: The basketball doubleheader against Western Conn. State on Saturday has been postponed. Both games have been rescheduled for Sunday with the women's game at 1 p.m and the men's game at 3 p.m.
-- Plymouth State: The women's ice hockey home game against New England College at Hanaway Rink will be played today at 4 p.m.
Saturday's women's ice hockey game against Castleton State College has been postponed to Tuesday, Feb. 12, at Hanaway Rink at 6 p.m.
The men's ice hockey home game against Salem State, originally set for Saturday, has been moved to Sunday, at Hanaway Rink at 1 p.m.
The wrestling quad with Trinity College, Johnson & Wales University and Springfield College, scheduled for Saturday, has been moved to Sunday at Foley Gym at 11 a.m.
The men's and women's basketball doubleheader at the University of Massachusetts Boston, scheduled for Saturday, will be played Sunday at UMass Boston. The women's game is set for 1 p.m. followed by the men's contest at 3 p.m.
The PSU Softball Winter Clinic scheduled for Saturday at the PE Center fieldhouse has been postponed.
There are no changes to the PSU men's and women's skiing and women's swimming and diving schedules.The skiers are racing today and Saturday at the Dartmouth College Carnival in Hanover.
The swimmers are competing Friday through Sunday this weekend at the New England Championships in White River Jct., Vt.