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Gainesville, Riverside cancel Saturday games
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Thursday’s inclement weather sent people scrambling for milk and bread, and the aftermath of the snow sent area basketball teams scrambling for make-up dates.

Hall County schools spokesman Gordon Higgins released a statement Friday that put a halt to all Friday’s sporting events due to concerns for hazardous driving conditions, especially on secondary roads.

Today’s Area 7-AAA wrestling tournament was also postponed until Monday.

"It is what it is," Gainesville boys coach Todd Cottrell said of the cancelations. "There’s a reason why we’re not playing and we’ll just handle the situation as it comes."

As of Friday afternoon, Cottrell had yet to reschedule the Red Elephants’ contest against Lambert. Citing a January schedule that is filled with games on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, Cottrell said it might be difficult to find an open date to reschedule the game.

The Red Elephants’ games against Franklin County, scheduled for today, have also been canceled.

Also unsure of a new date for Friday’s games are the coaches at West Hall, which was supposed to play host to West Forsyth on Friday and Flowery Branch, which was scheduled to travel to Lumpkin County for a set of games against the Indians.

While those three teams will continue to scour the calendar for an open day, the majority of the rest of the area schools were able to easily reschedule Friday’s games.

East Hall boys coach Joe Dix believed that Friday’s game against Johnson was so important that he cancelled today’s previously scheduled game against North Hall so he can play the Knights.

"We have to play all our subregion games for standings purposes," said Dix, whose Vikings will play host to the Knights at 7:30 tonight. "I just hate it for the kids that their schedule is off, but it’s beyond anybody’s control. We’ll see how it effects us later in the season."

Chestatee girls coach Web Daniel is concerned with how the cancellations will effect his team now.

"We were playing really well and I would have like to have played Friday," said Daniel, whose Lady War Eagles rescheduled their game with Creekview to Jan. 16. "The girls will enjoy the days off, but as a coach, I would have liked to keep playing every other day to keep the momentum going."

The one school that wasn’t sent scrambling after the cancellation announcement Friday was North Hall, which had already decided not to play its games against Gilmer. Instead, North Hall will visit Ellijay on Jan. 18 to play the Bobcats.

Lakeview Academy rescheduled Friday’s games against Commerce to Feb. 13 and moved the start times of today’s games against Prince Avenue Christian to 3:30 p.m.

Riverside Military has postponed Saturday’s game against North Cobb Christian in Kennesaw. No makeup date has been scheduled yet.

Meanwhile, the Area 7-AAA wrestling tournament has been pushed back again. Originally scheduled for a two-day tournament for Friday and Saturday, it was pushed back earlier this week to a one-day event on Saturday. Due to continued concerns over road conditions, however, it has been moved to 11 a.m. Monday at West Forsyth High in Cumming.

Fans are still invited to attend, however it will naturally impact attendance during a weekday.

"It’s a frustrating situation for coaches and wrestlers," Flowery Branch coach Shane Lancaster said.

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