The delay means state-bound teams will have a few more days of anxious practice if any at all. When the state tournament begins Tuesday, nearly two weeks will have passed since schools played their last game in regionals, which were held Oct. 23 and Oct. 25.
"I know some of the places the teams are coming from are really having bad weather and bad situations,'' said Hurricane boys coach Jim Dagostine, whose Redskins are No. 1 in AAA. "I just hope everybody's families are OK. Everybody's dealing with the same thing.
"Everybody has a few players that could use a couple of days off. We're going to meet and go over some scouting stuff. I'm not big on doing anything indoors. We're going to treat it like a weekend and practice Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday and go play.''
The layoff is a Catch-22 for George Washington first-year girls coach Derek Ragle.
"The positive I see in it is we may get Kasey Rhodes back, who is an injured starter for us,'' he said. "Ideally, the longer the layoff I think the more rusty the girls will get.
"You can only simulate so much in practice. You need game situations. It's like you're back at the beginning of the season. I'm just worried about the girls losing touch on the ball. We'll make do.''
Ray said he could only remember one other state event that was moved.
"I think years ago they moved the state track meet up a week because of some kind of situation,'' he said. "It's one of those unusual situations that don't come around very often and you have to deal with it.''
Reach Tommy R.Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.