Missoulian Games cancelled all over western Montana

It was a soft sports spring until Thursday.

Rain, wind and in some cases snow put a halt to a rash of high school games, matches and meets in western Montana, and those that weren't wiped out were at least hampered.

Cancellations included two intracity clashes in Missoula, where it rained most of the night, dried until late afternoon, then opened up with another deluge. The Sentinel-Hellgate softball game at McCormick Park was one casualty. It has been tentatively rescheduled for Tuesday, April 25. Also gone was the Big Sky-Hellgate tennis match at Playfair Park, but they'll make that up Friday at 1:30 p.m.

It either snowed or poured rain most of the day in the Flathead Valley, where temperatures dipped into the low 20s and winds reached 30 mph. It resulted in the cancellation of a softball doubleheader in Kalispell between Whitefish and Bigfork, a non-conference softball game between St. Ignatius and Columbia Falls in Columbia Falls; and a pair of softball games at Libby.

The Polson Golf Invitational got in nine holes before high winds and rain closed it down.

It was soggy in Hot Springs, but the Dave Tripp Memorial track meet went ahead, minus the high jumps, the 3,200s and 1,600 relays.

In a scheduled Western AA softball doubleheader with Kalispell at Missoula Big Sky, the opener was delayed for about 40 minutes in the sixth inning. The game was eventually moved to the adjacent junior varsity field, and Big Sky completed a 5-0 whitewash. The second game will be made up at a later date.

Weather could again become a factor for Friday's events, which include the 15-team Missoula Invitational golf tournament, opening matches of the Big Sky Conference men's tennis regional at the University of Montana, a softball game in Ronan, and tennis matches in St. Ignatius and Libby.

No prep contests are slated for the Flathead Valley, which is good. Kalispell was expected to be under up to 5 inches of snow by early Friday morning.

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