Flooding won't wash away high school championships, KSHSAA says

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Flooding is causing problems for the high school championship games set to take place this week.

(WIBW/Marleah Campbell)

On Tuesday, the Kansas State High School Athletic Association assured 13 NEWS that all state championships will take place for all sports. The question isn’t “if” as much as it is “when.” As heavy rain causes rivers to swell and water to pool, organizers are shifting gears.

“We’ve used the word ‘unprecedented’ a few times in the office today when it comes to the rainfall and what the plan can be,” KSHSAA Asst. Exec. Director Jeremy Holaday said. “The middle part of the state where are hosting our golf events are pretty flooded.”

Golf rounds already underway for 1A-6A are currently postponed. As far as switching locations, Holaday calls it a ‘last resort.’

“We’re waiting to see when the rain stops today, what the course conditions are like, and if the water that is flooding the course can rescind in time to play later this week. Or, even, maybe, not even finish until next Tuesday,” Holaday explained.

3A state softball has pitched plans for the dirt fields at Trusler sports complex, opting for the turf across the sidewalk. The weather struck out 3A baseball’s initial plan too.

“Soden’s Grove Park is currently underwater in Emporia because of the river there, so we will be moving Soden Grove baseball. So baseball and softball will take place at the same complex,” he said.

More rain could bring more changes, but Holaday says, rain or shine, the show will go on.

“No one’s considered the thought of not having an event, because we know some of these opportunities for kids are once in a lifetime and we don’t want to take that away from them,” he continued.

Holaday said they will be emailing schools, athletic directors, and coaches with plans as soon as they know what those are. For now, the latest on the championship schedules are online on the KSHSAA website.