ELKHART — Elkhart Memorial and Warsaw plan to play one girls basketball game with two sets of stakes next Tuesday, Feb. 11.
In an unusual twist created by this winter's severe weather, the schools have agreed to have their Class 4A Northridge Sectional opening-round matchup also count as their Northern Lakes Conference meeting, Memorial assistant athletic director Phyllis Tubbs said Wednesday, Feb. 5 upon the game being postponed again.
Tubbs, affiliated with Memorial since it opened in 1972-73, said she could not recall the school ever having to take a similar measure.
She said the conference's athletic directors have approved the plan.
"If it would have been a nonconference game, we would not have had to count it," Tubbs said, "but with our conference, your final standings in round-robin determine all-conference nominations as well as points toward the all-conference trophy."
Tubbs said Memorial and Warsaw began talking about the possibility Monday at a sectional meeting.
"We really only had (Thursday) to make it up, as Friday we have the boys Warsaw conference game and Saturday is sectional practice day on the (host) floor," Tubbs said, "and it really didn't make sense to play (Thursday) and turn around and play Tuesday. Both coaches felt that they wanted time to prepare for the sectional rather than play on Thursday."
Warsaw (4-2) even remains alive for a share of the NLC crown at the moment. Northridge (5-1) controls its own destiny and can clinch outright when it plays Friday, Feb. 7, at Wawasee (1-4). NorthWood (4-2) can tie for the title with a win Friday at home against Concord (2-4) and a Northridge loss to Wawasee.
Also on Wednesday, Wawasee postponed its home league game against Plymouth to Saturday (6:15 p.m. JV start) and canceled its non-league game against Bremen.
Next Tuesday's Memorial/Warsaw sectional game at Northridge is set for 6 p.m.