Null and Void
Wintery weather has descended upon the landscape. Snow flurries in the air, cold winds blowing out of the northwest, it almost reminds one, that is if you’re old enough to remember the old Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington and the days of the Purple People Eating Minnesota Vikings, such as Alan Page, Chuck Foreman and Fran Tarkenton. I believe, if memory serves me correct, the Met was often referred to as “the frozen tundra” by sports scribes of the day.
I’ve seen plenty of ice-bowl type games over the years – been at some game locations that qualified for the “fronzen tundra” designation, saw some seasons where games were played with snow falling, snow was on the ground, games were postponed due to snow, and snow was shoveled off fields so games could be played. Snow in late October and November is nothing really out of the ordinary, when you get right down to it, in terms of football.
Last Friday it got down to being real football weather – I scraped frost off the camera bag on the sidelines by the time the game ended. I also didn’t see a lot of dust floating in the air, making it seem hazy, either.
Amazing what a little Canadian high pressure will do for you in terms of photography, isn’t it?
Changing gears…..as I was working on preparing schedule information for the upcoming basketball and wrestling seasons, it just doesn’t seem possible that by the 15th of March next year, the winter sports will be done. That means attention would turn towards track and field and golf, and I’ve got a feeling that there will be a few early season meets that will go the way of the melting snows when we get closer to that time.
Anyhow, the high school gridiron season is coming to a full head, with two weeks remaining of regular season play. Post-season play for our area volleyball teams begins next week, and our cross-country teams will compete in their district meets next Thursday, with the state meet following on the 31st at Fort Dodge.
It’s truly a busy time of year for our student athletes, as the first quarter of the school year is rapidly drawing to a close as well. It really does seem like the school year started just a few short weeks ago, but yet, Homecomings are a memory for our area schools and thoughts are already shifting towards the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Now, let’s look at Friday night.
Emmetsburg’s E’Hawks make their final road journey of the regular season down to Rockwell, to take on West Fork this Friday night. This will be the third long road trip for the E’Hawks, ranking right in there with the trips to Northwood-Kensett and St. Ansgar on the season schedule. West Fork has struggled through the season, while the E’Hawks have been the lead team in Class 1A District Two since the third week of the season. With a 597-yard offensive effort last Friday night over Belmond-Klemme, the E’Hawks showed their ground game is a formidable weapon for any team to deal with. I don’t see the E’Hawks coming home with anything less than a victory. Emmetsburg 56, West Fork 6.