The weekend’s predicted snowstorm is already wreaking havoc with both high school and college sports schedules. As of mid-afternoon on Thursday, many changes had already been made, and more were likely. (More were made late afternoon and are reflected in online scoreboard.)
Sunday morning update: At Middlebury College, the home basketball games scheduled vs. Trinity for this afternoon have been pushed back three hours. The Panther men will host Trinity at 5 p.m., and the women will host the Bantams at 7 p.m. As of 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, college officials said there remained a chance Trinity would not make the trip. If so, an announcement would be made on Sunday morning. As of about 11 a.m., there was no word Trinity would not show up, but fans might want to check at middlebury.edu and click on athletics before making the trip to Pepin. As previously announced, the men and women will host Amherst on Tuesday and Wednesday nights at 7 p.m., respectively.
Also, the author apologizes for the confusion on the men's and women's hockey games: The Panther men will host Williams at 4 p.m. today, not the Panther women. The Independent plans to cover that game, and a write-up will appear in the Feb. 11 edition.
Friday afternoon update: Middlebury College just announced the postponement of Saturday's Amherst-Middlebury basketball doubleheader. The men's game will be played instead at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, and the women's game at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. No word yet on the Williams-Middlebury men's and women's hockey games set for Saturday on both campuses at 4 p.m.
As of then, at Middlebury College the men’s and women’s basketball home games vs. Trinity set for Friday night were postponed. College officials said those games could be rescheduled for Sunday afternoon. If not, new times early in the week are likely because seeds for next weekend’s NESCAC basketball quarterfinals are at stake. So far, both Panther squads’ Saturday afternoon home games vs. Amherst are still a go.
The Panther men’s and women’s hockey teams were each set to play Williams on Friday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Instead, those games were moved to Saturday and Sunday, with all four games to start at 4 p.m. The Panther men — in second place entering the next-to-last weekend of NESCAC play — will travel to Williams on Saturday and host on Sunday, while the Panther women — who will be seeking to nail down the top seed in the league as the regular season ends — will host on Saturday and visit the Ephs on Sunday.
So far on the high school level, only one game had been moved as of midafternoon on Thursday: The Middlebury boys will entertain Milton on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. instead of on Friday at 7 p.m.
Almost certainly, more changes are coming: Also scheduled to play on Friday, when the worst of the storm is expected, are the Vergennes and Mount Abraham boys’ hoop teams, against each other at Mount Abe, and the Middlebury boys’ hockey team, on the road in Lake Placid.
The Independent’s online schedule will be updated as quickly as possible. College information may be found at middlebury.edu.