For the Iowa Central baseball and softball teams, what seemed like a short winter at first has turned into the longest one yet.
Both Triton programs have been forced to readjust their schedules due to the late-arriving snow and cold weather that has frozen central Iowa over the past few weeks.
"It wasn't a bad winter until March," said ICCC athletics director Rick Sandquist, a former coach of both squads. "It's definitely out of the ordinary.
"I can remember back when I was coaching we'd have a few years where our home opener was postponed, but nothing like this. We were always playing a game in March, and that's not going to happen (this season)."
Sandquist has the pushed-back home openers for both teams tentatively scheduled, with the ninth-ranked Iowa Central (13-3 overall) baseball squad playing at Ed Barbour Field on April 4 against Marshalltown. The Triton softball squad, which is currently 8-10, are now set to play at Rogers Park on April 10 against NIACC.
"We've had to move some games around," Sandquist said. "Baseball is still planning on going to Indian Hills and DMACC (this week), as they say their fields are ready, but we'll just have to see.
"We still have snow on our field, but I think that will be gone here pretty quick with the warming temperatures in the forecast."
Rick Pederson cancelled four baseball games in Kansas City and a league-opening pair of doubleheaders with NIACC due to the weather. The conference games are lost, as Sandquist said "the conference rule states games must be played by Tuesday (following Saturday/Sunday cancellations)."
Sandquist added that all but DMACC and Southwestern called off conference games. The Bears and Spartans were able to play at Southeast Polk last week because of the turf field.
"The biggest thing for both coach Pederson and (ICCC head softball coach Josh) Sandin is keeping the players motivated at this point," Sandquist said. "Practices are short and sweet, because it can become counterproductive when you're spending so much time indoors not playing any games."