The impending ice storm over the Austin area is impacting high school sports

As news of school cancellations broke on Wednesday afternoon, the impending ice storm sweeping through the Austin area had coaches scrambling like shoppers in the paper goods aisle at HEB .

Virtually every school district in central Texas canceled classes and all extracurricular activities for Thursday, and many did the same for Friday. This has left most area coaches frantically trying to track down venues and referees for a variety of college contests. Undergraduate games canceled due to weather likely won’t be rescheduled, according to coaches and officials at several school districts.

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McCallum boys’ football coach Nicolas Martin said there was “a mad rush” to reschedule his team’s District 17-5A game against Travis when the Austin School District announced its closed Thursday and Friday. Martin was lucky compared to many of his peers who had not yet booked a stadium or officials; The Knights, who won first place, will face Travis at House Park on Saturday at 2 p.m., when temperatures are expected to reach a balmy 43 degrees.

Round Rock, Lake Travis, Hutto and Eanes were among other area districts that canceled school Thursday and Friday. As of Wednesday afternoon, districts such as Pflugerville, Liberty Hill and Hays had canceled classes for Thursday but had not yet decided for Friday. The weather forecast calls for the precipitation to change to sleet and ice early Thursday morning and continue through Thursday evening. Temperatures are not expected to rise above freezing until Friday afternoon.

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Both the boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are in the final weeks of the regular season, where games are particularly critical for playoff hopefuls. Boys’ and girls’ football began playing in the district in the past two weeks, with several schools scheduled to compete in post-season competitions in swimming and wrestling.

A handful of pre-season golf tournaments have also been cancelled.

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