Winter storm forces local teams to postpone games

FROM STAFF, WIRE REPORTSFebruary 13, 2014 

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CHRIS SEWARD/The News and ObserverPolice and wrecker crews work to remove dozens of vehicles that were either parked or abandoned on Glenwood Ave. in Raleigh, N.C. on Thursday. The Triangle and the state were hit by a serious winter storm Wednesday, leaving hundreds of cars stuck or stranded on and along the roadways. Motorists, police and wrecker services were trying to retrieve or clear the vehicles from the streets and highways on Thursday. According to Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue, the motorists would not be charged for the towing if the vehicle was in a travel lane that needed to be plowed.

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The winter weather that hit north and east Georgia continued to force sports organizers to adjust their schedules.

The Columbus State men's and women's basketball teams were scheduled to play at Georgia Regents-Augusta on Thursday night. But Thursday morning, the two schools announced that the games would be postponed until Sunday. The women will play at 2 with the men to follow at 4.

For CSU, it will make for a long weekend as the two teams play at Georgia College on Saturday.

This is the second time this season, CSU has had its schedule affected by winter weather. Games earlier this month at North Georgia had to be rescheduled for Feb. 26.

The Chattahoochee Valley baseball team had its Thursday home game against Northwest Florida canceled on Thursday. It was the second game affected this week for CVCC. Its road game at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Tuesday was postponed until Sunday.

There were also more changes to high schools trying to finish region tournament play.

Harris County's games in the first round of the Region 1-AAAAA tournament were pushed back another day as Harris County High was closed Thursday. Those games will now be played tonight: the girls will be at Bainbridge, while the boys will be at Lee County.

The semifinals will now be on Saturday with the finals on Monday, all at Bainbridge.

Region 4-A was also pushed back another day. Greenville will host the first round Friday. The next three rounds -- Saturday, Monday and Tuesday, will be held at Dooly County.

Region 5-AA was also pushed back another day. Friday's games will be at Heard County with Saturday's quarterfinals at Manchester. The semifinals and finals will be on Monday and Tuesday at Kendrick.

Elsewhere

A winter storm that continued to wreak havoc in the South and Northeast Thursday has forced the cancellation of sporting events for the second straight day

Due to hazardous weather conditions, a pair of men's basketball games featuring Top 25 teams were postponed -- No. 13 Louisville at Temple, and No. 23 SMU at Rutgers. Both games have been rescheduled for Friday night. Game times have not yet been announced.

Other Division I men's games scheduled for Thursday night that have been postponed include: Charleston Southern at High Point, Bryant at Mount St. Mary's, Central Connecticut State at St. Francis, Wagner at Farleigh Dickinson, Northern Kentucky at Kennesaw State and Western Carolina at Chattanooga.

Due to snow in the Baltimore and Washington D.C. markets, live racing at Laurel Park was cancelled for Thursday. It's the third cancellation of the year at the central Maryland track.

The winter storm that has affected the South moved up the country's East coast on Wednesday night.

In Baltimore, residents awoke to 15 inches of snow. Washington, D.C., had nearly a foot of snow forcing the city's two main airports to be closed. Philadelphia has 9 inches of snow and still counting.

In Chapel Hill, N.C., snow continued to fall and the Tar Heels' three-game baseball series with College of Charleston starting Friday was postponed.

That comes a day after snow and ice forced the postponement of the rivalry men's basketball game between No. 8 Duke and North Carolina. That game has been rescheduled for Feb. 20.

Officials at Clemson pushed up the school's women's basketball game Thursday against No. 10 North Carolina State 3 1/2 hours to 3 p.m.

The women's game between No. 2 Notre Dame and Boston College is expected to be played tonight at 6 p.m.

In Greenville, S.C., practice for the College All-Star Bowl game featuring many of the nation's top NFL prospects was moved back on Thursday but the game is expected to go on as scheduled Friday night at Furman's Paladin Stadium.

No cancellations are expected in the NBA where only two games are on the slate -- in Chicago and Los Angeles. There are no NHL games scheduled this week because of the Sochi Olympics.

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