Wet weather creates challenges for most high schools’ spring sports | Top Stories

WAUSAU, Wis. (WAOW) – A wet Wednesday afternoon in April in central Wisconsin means few workouts take place outdoors.

“It’s been raining for about 20 days straight, it seems,” Rhinelander operations manager Brian Paulson said.

For most schools in this case, like Mosinee, weather forces train inside their gymnasium.

Rhinelander also goes inside, at the Hodag Dome.

“We were able to play several football games here, softball games, tennis games, we were able to do everything,” Paulson said.

One of those football games took place on Tuesday, in a game against Iron Mountain in Michigan.

The year-plus facility gave the Hodags plenty of flexibility in the middle of upside time, forming their own home court advantage.

“Compared to other schools, I know a lot of schools in Wausau and the teams we’ve played with, everyone’s like, we’ve been in a gym, we’ve been outside for a day,” said Rhenish Men’s Tennis Head Coach Matt Nichols, who has used the facilities for several college matches so far this season.

For Mosinee softball, that has mostly been true.

On Wednesday, eight of its scheduled matches were canceled or postponed.

“It’s a little frustrating, especially when we’re dressed and at school and then we get a text that our game is off and then we just have to go home,” said outfield player Hailey Shnowske. Mosinee softball team senior interior.

However, they took advantage of their limited opportunities.

“The girls have been really great. They just know the spring season, spring sports, you just have to be ready for anything. Whether it’s indoor training in the gym, they need athletic shoes, if they’re training outside in the dirt instead of on the grass field, they just need to be ready,” said Mosinee head softball coach Kelly Remondini.

Remondini and Nichols say it’s usually around the second week of April that weather patterns work most favorably for outdoor spring sports.

Those who don’t have as much inner flexibility as Rhinelander will just keep doing the best they can with what they have.

“One of our first days on the clay court, we practiced fly balls for probably 30 to 45 minutes because that’s something we can’t do indoors,” Remondini said.

Mosinee is one of many schools looking to make up lost or moved games in many sports as the weather improves.