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Area coaches reschedule Friday's events
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The threat of snow and ice is once again wreaking havoc on area sports schedules.

Both Gainesville City and Hall County Schools canceled all athletic events for Friday night, as did Forsyth County Schools.

As for Saturday, two wrestling tournaments have already been canceled: the Coal Mountain Classic at North Forsyth High School and the Burnt Mountain Classic at Pickens.

As of Friday afternoon, it was not know when or if the tournaments would be rescheduled.

Basketball coaches, on the other hand, spent Friday afternoon scrambling for an open date to reschedule key subregion games.

Both the girls and boys teams from Gainesville and East Hall are battling for subregion supremacy, with East Hall on top in both standings and Gainesville in second. The two teams were set to play Friday night, but instead will play Monday with the girls tipping at 5:30 p.m. at Gainesville High.

For West Hall, this weekend was going to be filled with subregion showdowns before games on both Friday and Saturday were canceled. The Spartans teams were set to play Flowery Branch on Friday night and West Forsyth tonight.

“It’s a mess right now,” said West Hall coach Warren Sellers. “The West Forsyth game was one that had been rescheduled to (Saturday) from the earlier winter storm we had.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do.”

Sellers added that West Hall will play host to West Forsyth on Feb. 10 with the girls starting at 6 p.m.

As for the Flowery Branch game, “We’re going to just have a to play a four-game week between now and the region tournament,” Sellers said.

The Region 7-AAA tournament begins Feb. 15.

“Getting kids rested (for the tournament) is no longer an option,” Sellers said. “At this point you have to hope the preparation you’ve done all year will come through because you’re playing with a summer camp mentality: just show up and play.”

As of Friday night, the game between Flowery Branch and West Hall had not been rescheduled.

In other games, Johnson and West Forsyth have rescheduled their game for Feb. 6 with the girls tipping off at 6 p.m.

Johnson was supposed to play Lumpkin County that night but because West Forsyth is a subregion game and Lumpkin County isn’t, the meeting between the Knights and the Indians has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled.

Friday night’s Region 8A-AA game between Dawson County and Riverside has been rescheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. at Dawson County.

The Lady Tigers game against East Jackson from Friday night has yet to be rescheduled and according to Dawson County boys’ coach Thad Burgess, more than likely won’t be.
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