Folks in Alaska love their winter — to a point.
There are three seasons in high school athletics. So far, we’ve had fall and winter, but we’re still waiting on spring.
While pavement is visible throughout town, the grassy fields are not. The snow is melting but not quickly enough to get soccer teams on the pitch.
Sunday, high school players and parents from Anchorage teamed up with the city’s parks and recreation director John Rodda to get Kincaid Park game ready.
“It’s definitely getting everyone out here together, getting all the schools coming together,” South High School senior Talon Stanley said.
The Anchorage-based teams have found themselves traveling north where fields are in game shape, with a round trip by bus costing about $575. That may change soon. With careful shoveling, they’re getting closer.
“If we get continued sun, if we get some wind, then the field will likely be cleared in about a week. So we’re hopeful that Mother Nature helps, we’re trying to help Mother Nature,” said Rodda.
Teams may have to add as many as four games per week toward the end of their schedule to make up for lost time.