Besides COVID-19 cases and quarantines what else can happen to push Crisfield High School basketball off the calendar? Why winter weather of course, and another winter storm, this one named Izzy, is on the move this weekend, with a lot of snow forecast.
The Bayside Conference area may or may not be affected as far as high school sports are concerned. Schools will already be closed for the Monday, Jan. 17 Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jr. holiday with classes resuming on the 18th. Weather postponements would seriously clog up an already extensive makeup agenda.
Scheduled currently on Wednesday the 19th the Lady Crabbers travel to Snow Hill and the boys host Parkside. Both games start at 5 p.m. On Friday, Jan. 21, Pocomoke is scheduled to come to Crisfield with the girls playing at 4:30 and boys at 6. No tickets are sold at the door, see any player for tickets that might be available as they receive four for home games, two for away games.
Weather has been a factor in the past, during the 2000 season for example snow forced several contests to be rescheduled and it put the Crabbers into a sticky situation. CHS was locked in a four-way tie with Pocomoke, Snow Hill and Wi-Hi for first place in the South Division. They would have to face on consecutive days two of these top contenders.
After a 2-point loss at Wi-Hi on a Friday evening they had to go to Snow Hill Saturday morning, confronted with a must-win situation. The Crabbers recovered to defeat the Eagles 77-75 to maintain their share of the South lead and ended the campaign with 12 consecutive victories earning Bayside and State championships.
The Crabbers were not as fortunate in 1994 when the Conference would not force the Crabbers' final opponent to play their scheduled contest and would not award a forfeit. CHS needed the win to clinch the South title. Crisfield would have claimed the title on overall win-loss percentage.
In 1964 another interesting weather related incident occurred, Crisfield was playing at Northampton but while the game was underway a blizzard was raging, covering the Eastern Shore with 6 inches of snow. Northampton was a two-hour ride from Crisfield. The fans made it home but the players were stranded. They spent the night in the school.