With each passing day that the snow and ice from last week’s blizzard persists in the area, local sports schedules become more and more skewed. As of Tuesday, many teams have had more than a week off since they were last able to play.
As of press time for this issue, the Surry County Schools had decided to operate on a three-hour delay, while Mount Airy City Schools will remain shut down for at least one more day. The combination of postponements and the need to complete regular-season schedules in the near future means that these schools will have a heavy schedule of athletic events for some time to come.
Surry County administrators reserved the right to cancel school on Wednesday if conditions in the morning were unacceptable. If school is in session today, several events are on tap.
Perhaps the competition that is of the most immediate importance will finally take place tonight, after being rescheduled three times. Surry Central’s wrestling team will travel to West Stokes for a 6 p.m. match. The teams are tied for second place in the Western Piedmont 2-A Conference, and the winner will earn an automatic berth in the state dual-team playoffs.
Central’s basketball teams will host Carver tonight, in a game rescheduled from Tuesday night. A track meet scheduled to take place at home on Tuesday will be made up, but a date has not yet been determined.
A make-up date for a Surry Central home game with West Stokes, originally slated for Sunday, has not yet been announced. The Golden Eagles will visit South Stokes on Friday as originally scheduled.
Another game with major implications for the postseason that was affected by the weather involves the North Surry and Forbush girls basketball teams, who were supposed to meet on Friday night. That game will take place tonight in the Coach Ron King Gymnasium. At the same time, the Greyhounds’ wrestling team will try to clinch the WP2A dual-team championship outright by winning at Forbush.
North Surry and Surry Central are also battling for two conference tournament titles this week. The school’s swimming teams will take part in the WP2A championships tonight at 5:30 p.m. at the Armfield Center in Pilot Mountain. On Saturday at 9 a.m., they’ll wrestle for the league crown in the individual championships at Carver High School.
On Thursday, the Armfield Center will host the Northwest 1-A swimming championships at 5:30 p.m., with Mount Airy and East Surry in action trying to knock off rival Bishop McGuinness.
East Surry’s only other home event the rest of the week involves a number of postponed wrestling dual meets that will be made up via an impromptu quad. Mount Airy, Bishop and Winston-Salem Prep will all be in town for a meet on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Cardinals’ basketball teams will spend the entire week in Forsyth County, at Prep tonight at Bishop on Friday, and at Walkertown on Saturday. The wrestling team also has a tri-meet at North Stokes tonight. The Cardinals will wrestle the Vikings and also make up a postponed dual with Atkins.
The NW1A individual duals championship, which includes both East Surry and Mount Airy, will take place on Saturday at Bishop.
Mount Airy has not made any formal announcements about its heavy slate of postponements from Tuesday, but in addition to the events already mentioned, the Granite Bears’ basketball team will visit North Stokes on Thursday night and then host Walkertown on Friday.
A middle-school basketball tournament for local teams was supposed to be held at Mount Airy Middle School on Tuesday. It has been postponed to Feb. 3.