The latest heavy snow and ice that has fallen on the region not only wiped out Thursday's scholastic sports schedule, it's create a situation that will tax the Bishop Guilfoyle Catholic girls basketball team's endurance both physically and mentally.
Weather permitting, the Lady Marauders will play a doubleheader today at two different schools. BG will tip off with Cambria Heights in Patton at 4 p.m. then head down Rt. 219 to Ebensburg for a 7:30 game at Bishop Carroll.
The reason Guilfoyle literally is going the extra mile is because a Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference championship could be in the balance: if they win both games, they'll win LHAC Section 1 through a tiebreaker over Forest Hills and Penn Cambria and play Westmont Hilltop on Saturday night at Richland High School for the overall conference crown.
However, if the Lady Marauders lose or don't get either of the games in, Forest Hills will play Westmont.
Right now, Forest Hills and Penn Cambria are 8-2 in the section, while Guilfoyle is 6-2. All three of those teams have split with each other, negating the head-to-head tiebreaker, and none of them have lost to anyone else in their own section. The next tiebreaker is record against teams in the other section, where Guilfoyle is 6-0, while Forest Hills is 5-1 and Penn Cambria is 3-3.
The LHAC was supposed to cut off conference games by Thursday to give the teams a day off before the championships. However, when conference secretary Ron Stempka became aware of the situation, he contacted the conference's other athletic directors to get an immediate amendment, which passed on Thursday.
"It's for the kids," Stempka said. "We want to do what is right."
Penn Cambria made the BG games meaningful by upended Forest Hills in Sidman on Wednesday night. Both of Guilfoyle's games today were postponed from earlier in the season.
Lady Marauder coach Mark Moschella said he proposed the Heights and Carroll girls come to Bishop Guilfoyle on Friday and his team would play them right after the other but that was turned down - tonight is slated to be the Lady Huskies' senior night, among other things.
The weather also is having effects that might be felt in other ways. No makeup could be made for the Hollidaysburg boys game at Bishop McCort, which could cost the Golden Tigers points towards a higher seed in the District 6 Class AAAA playoffs -- teams have to have all their games in by Feb. 19 in both District 6 Class AAAA and AAA.
Meanwhile, Portage's opponent in the WestPAC girls championship also could be impacted, because Shade and Berlin are in a dead heat in the South Division and are going to have to go to tiebreakers against the North Division to determine who plays on Saturday at Pitt-Johnstown.
However, both their games on Thursday were snowed out.