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Summer Heatwave

Many football fields and softball fields were empty on Wednesday afternoon. At 4:30 p.m., the temperature reached 105 with a heat index of 113 at Carver High School.

The wet bulb temperature (the temperature shown on a thermometer with the bulb wrapped in wet muslin) was 82, which prohibited any team from practicing.

The Shaw softball players spent their afternoon trying on uniforms and watching informational videos.

It was the second time in three days that Shaw athletic director and softball coach Debbie Ball couldn’t practice outside. The Lady Raiders were able to have an intra-squad scrimmage on Wednesday morning, starting at 8 a.m.

"It’s never been this hot," said junior pitcher Misha Aldridge, who sat in the dugout with her teammates for 20 minutes before heading indoors. "At this time of year, you are trying to put in as much as possible. We haven’t been able to practice as much."

On Monday, the Shaw football and softball teams and cheerleading squad had practice canceled as the wet bulb temperature exceeded the limit — plus there was lightning in the area.

Hardaway had its Tuesday practice cut to an hour and only practiced with pads for about five minutes. Hardaway coach Morgan Ingram shifted practice for the remainder of the week to the morning.

"We definitely want to hit, but not at the risk of any our players," Ingram said. "I can sacrifice one practice to make sure our kids are safe."

Kendrick coach Ahmand Tinker has scheduled football practice at 5 p.m. every day this week, trying to avoid the heat.

"It’s really hot outside," Tinker said. "It’s way too hot to practice at 3 p.m."

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