April snow cancels high school sports

10:26 PM, Apr 10, 2013   |    comments
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HOPKINS, Minn. - Several high school sporting events have been cancelled or rescheduled because of the spring snowstorm.

Wednesday would have been the Hopkins varsity softball team's first regular season game, but it was rescheduled because of the cold.

"We're still inside because of the weather, because of the snow," said head coach Mark Peterson.

"We've had to cancel games and reschedule for this week and with impending weather coming up here, I seriously doubt we'll be playing tomorrow, Friday or Saturday."

Peterson says in his six years as coach, he's never practiced inside this far into the season.

"Especially last year, it was so nice. Usually we're out by now. So this is a rarity," added assistant coach Aimee Truedson, who was throwing batting practice inside Wednesday afternoon.

They are not the only ones wishing they could run from this April fool's joke. The Lindbergh Center at Hopkins High was filled Wednesday afternoon with track and field and baseball athletes looking for places to practice.

"Everyone needs to practice. Everyone needs the space," said Peterson. "Practice would normally go two and half hours. Now we're here for an hour and half."

At Penn Cycle in Uptown, manger Tim Larson says business has seen a slight dip in the show room because of the snow, while customers' surly behavior is on the rise.

"Complaining, loudly complaining every time they walk in, muttering things you generally can't say on television," said Larson with a smile.

The one part of the business that is busier than ever is the service department, according to Larson. Part of that he believes is pent up excitement for summer cyclists to get out and ride.

"That's one of the nice things about Minnesota. For whatever reason, Minnesotans love to be outside," he said.

Even if it is snowing in April.

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