The possibility of bad weather hitting the Aiken County area has altered several events scheduled for tonight. High school athletics is no exception.
All area high schools have postponed the boys' and girls' basketball games that had been slated to be played tonight. That's because the National Weather Service in Columbia issued a winter storm warning for Aiken and the surrounding area. The warning will be in effect from 11 a.m. until 9 a.m. on Wednesday.
Locally, 2 to 4 inches of snow, possibly mixed with some sleet, is expected, according to Bruce Cherry, a National Weather Service meteorologist. The frozen precipitation could create treacherous conditions on the roadways, potentially making it unsafe for the student-athletes and teams traveling to play in the games as well as the fans looking to attend the events.
The doubleheaders that have been postponed include:
• Strom Thurmond at Midland Valley
• North at Fox Creek
• Williston-Elko at Wagener-Salley
• Blackville-Hilda at Ridge Spring-Monetta
• White Knoll at Aiken
• South Aiken at Dutch Fork
• North Augusta at Lexington
• Silver Bluff at Bamberg-Ehrhardt
All of the twin bills will be rescheduled, with the first three to be contested on Thursday. The doubleheader between Silver Bluff and Bamberg-Ehrhardt will be made up on Feb. 5, with the possibility of a start time earlier than the traditional 6 p.m. tip-off to the girls' contest. That's because it will be a busy week for the Bulldogs, who will be playing games at Edisto on Feb. 4 and at Calhoun County on Feb. 7.
The games between Aiken and White Knoll will either be made up on Feb. 8 or 14, with a final decision likely to be made soon. RS-M will play host to Blackville-Hilda on Feb. 10, while official word on when North Augusta and South Aiken will make up their road games against their Region 5-AAAA rivals has yet to be announced.
In addition to Tuesday's slate of games, all Wednesday high school events have also been postponed. The only varsity games this affects is RS-M's doubleheader at Batesburg-Leesville. A make-up date for those games hasn't been determined.
One event that doesn't look to be adjusted is the college basketball doubleheader between USC Aiken and Flagler. Both the Pacer men and women are still on track to play Wednesday at the St. Augustine, Fla. college, where the weather isn't expected to be a factor. Both the men and women were scheduled to leave Aiken today.
Noah Feit is the sports editor for the Aiken Standard and has been a professional journalist for more than 14 years after graduating from Syracuse University.