Impending winter storm, COVID wipe out local sports slate

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A new round of slippery snow and ice is set to hit the local area this weekend, forcing schools already dealing with COVID-19 outbreaks to change their sports schedules. 

Here are the latest updates regarding upcoming games that are postponed and/or rescheduled. 

Harnett Central

Harnett County Schools were notified by district officials Thursday morning that all after-school activities were called off for the evening with the forecast calling for potentially hazardous roadway conditions.

Western Harnett was scheduled to host Harnett Central for a varsity basketball doubleheader Thursday, but the matchup will now be pushed to a later date.

Central’s boys and girls teams are trying to break respective losing streaks after falling to rival Triton on the road Tuesday. Their next scheduled matchups are Tuesday, Jan. 25 against Westover.

Both Western teams are also looking to snap skids and most recently dropped road contests at Terry Sanford. The Eagles return to the hardwood Tuesday at Pine Forest.

Hobbton 

Already on hiatus this week due to the school's decision to hold remote classes following a recent uptick in COVID-19 cases, Hobbton is also among the Sampson County Schools that won't hold athletic events Thursday or Friday due to the threat of inclement weather. 

Tuesday's home basketball matchup against Lakewood has been rescheduled for Jan. 31, Thursday's tilt with Neuse Charter will be played Jan. 26 and Friday's contests at Union are now set for Feb. 7.

Meanwhile, the winter track meet originally scheduled for Wednesday is expected to pick back up on Jan. 26 at Lakewood.

Midway 

The hoops teams at Midway will also be sidelined after SCS Superintendent Dr. David Goodin called for a halt to all athletic activities on Wednesday, citing the upcoming forecast. 

That means the Raiders' home matchups with Southeastern Athletic Conference foe Fairmont are postponed. The makeup date is set for Saturday, Feb. 5.

Both Midway varsity teams are looking to get back into the win column after dropping Tuesday's road doubleheader at East Bladen. 

Overhills

According to social media announcements from both Overhills and Harnett County Schools representatives Wednesday, all sports teams are forced to pause activities as the school moves to remote learning through Monday, Jan. 24.  

This includes the road basketball matchup with Terry Sanford that was rescheduled to Thursday due to threatening weather.

Overhills' girls team is coming off a gritty 43-40 win at All American Conference opponent Pine Forest this week, marking a fourth victory in the last five outings. And the boys dropped their first league matchup, losing at Pine Forest, 68-64, Tuesday. 

Both teams are set to pick up their schedules against E.E. Smith next Tuesday. 

South Johnston

A decision by Johnston County Public School officials Wednesday to postpone all athletic activities forces a host of rearrangements for sports teams at South Johnston.

Girls and boys basketball, along with winter track, at Smithfield Selma, and a home wrestling match that were all scheduled for Thursday are now postponed. 

Both basketball teams were able to finish senior night successfully on Wednesday and are scheduled to host Fike next Tuesday.

Trojans wrestling is set to compete at the Quad County 3A Conference Tournament at Smithfield-Selma on Monday. 

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