By RON PRESTON
Mother Nature has not been kind to coaches and student athletes that participate in spring sports in Kansas.
Remaining snow residue, cooler than normal temperatures and of course the Kansas wind has presented teams from actually practicing outside until very recently.
The Abilene girls’ softball team was forced to practice inside the gym or at the Rec Center soccer fields until they were able to get on the field for the first time Wednesday afternoon.
“It has definitely been hard being stuck in a gym for the past week and a half,” said Cowboy softball Coach LouAna Koochel.
“We have, however, been able to focus a lot on fundamentals. We’re breaking down skills and focusing on doing everything the correct way. Plus, we’ve gotten a lot of work done on conditioning,” she said.
“It’s hard to field fly balls in a gym, but we have been able to get outside a few times to do some fielding. Our infielders have had one day of fielding ground balls on the field. We can’t wait to get outside,” added coach Koochel.
Being forced inside to practice track and field has limited the workouts of the jumpers and throwers.
“We have had quality work inside, but we need to get going on some events,” commented AHS Coach Jeff Geist
‘With the weather it has been, we have not had great work with the sprinters and jumpers. We are hoping the three days before spring break turn nice so our productivity increases,” said Geist.
Tennis was limited to indoor conditioning as well.
The courts finally dried off but the Kansas wind played havoc with the tennis team until recently.
“We been able to get outside on the courts for a couple of days so we are hustling to catch up on drills and techniques,” said Abilene tennis Coach Garry Stredney.
Meanwhile the baseball team has been able to practice some on the Middle School grass and the golf team got onto the Greatlife Golf course Wednesday and Thursday.