BASKING RIDGE, NJ - Normally, by this point in March, high school athletic teams preparing for the start of the spring season would have played at least a handful of scrimmages already.
But last week's nearly 1-foot snowfall has set back athletic programs at Ridge High School that depend on dry grass fields. The baseball, softball and tennis programs still have a significant wait before they can see any game action on Ridge's outdoor home facilities.
"The grass fields are not ready yet," said Ridge High School Athletic Secretary Judee Schroeder. "Our team's have played (a few) scrimmages on the road where teams have turf facilities, but our grass fields are still snow-covered, and not close to being ready yet."
The boys' and girls' lacrosse teams might have a better chance at playing competitive scrimmages before the other spring sports.
"Our turf is getting close," Schroeder said. Nonetheless, the girls' lacrosse home scrimmage scheduled for today, and the boys' lacrosse scrimmage slated for tomorrow at Lee Field, have both already been canceled.
The boys lacrosse team's regular season is scheduled to begin March 29. Girls lacrosse is scheduled to open its season the next day. The baseball and softball teams open their regular seasons on March 1.