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Cavaliers ready to get rolling

By Kevin Eckleberry Sports Editor

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The Callaway Cavaliers had a great first day.


The weather was ideal, and the Cavaliers got a lot of solid work done on the first day of baseball practice.


And that’s been it.


The Cavaliers have had one day of practice this week because of the winter storm this week and the accompanying school cancellations.


“I guess everybody’s been dealing with it,” Callaway head coach Dusty Hubbard said. “You kind of have to move on.”


As for the first day on Monday, Hubbard said “we had a good turnout. It was a great day. That’s probably one of the prettiest first days of practice we’ve ever had as far as the weather goes. It turned bad quick.”


Hubbard had hoped to return to practice on Friday, but that’s not going to happen since school was canceled again, meaning there can be no sports activities.


“This will probably force us to go Saturday and Sunday now,” Hubbard said. “We weren’t planning on going Sunday, but we’ll probably go both days now.”


Hubbard said, with the unpredictable weather this time of year, you have to be able to adjust to whatever Mother Nature offers.


“It is what it is,” Hubbard said. “You expect stuff this time of year. It’s happened before, just not this way. Usually it’s just rain that keeps you in. But you just do the best you can, and just keep going with it.”


The Cavaliers are preparing for a season that will begin in a few weeks.


Callaway will host LaGrange on Feb. 14 in a preseason game, and it will open the season for real on Feb. 21 against Pacelli.


The Cavaliers, who finished second in Region 4-AAA last season and made it to the second round of the state playoffs before falling to Dodge County, have a number of veterans, but there are also some holes to fill left by a strong group of seniors from the 2013 team.


“We’ve got a couple of positions we’re trying to figure out and things like that,” Hubbard said. “The big thing is now to start getting them reps. And having a day, and then having three days off didn’t really help a whole lot. But there’s not a whole lot we can do about that.”


While the winter weather appears to be subsiding, rain could be moving in, and that complicates things as well.


“You just have to do the best you can to get something done, whether it’s in the cages, or in the gym or something,” Hubbard said.


The season, no matter what the weather holds for the next few weeks, is on the way.


“It’s not far,” Hubbard said. “It jumps up on you quick.”

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