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Weather isn't stopping sports fans from traveling

By Lauren Squires

DUBUQUE (KWWL) - This cold and snow makes it tough for anyone to simply getting around; putting a damper on area high school sports. We're just two weeks into January and already dozens of events have been canceled or postponed due to the weather.

Normally, the trip from Cedar Rapids to Dubuque is about an hour. Take Highway 151 and you're in Dubuque. But this winter the main highways to and from Dubuque haven't been easy for travelers. But the loyal fans are making it work.

It's below zero outside, but inside Hempstead High School's Gym, competition is heating up.

"We've had a lot of rough weather but we've made it to all the games. It's worth it to watch the kids," said Jane Kuhle a Hempstead fan.

Kuhle and dozens of other Hempstead parents gather to watch the girls basketball teams. As the Hempstead Mustangs host the Washington Warriors they've been watching more than the score board.

"First off we look at the safety of the athlete if it's going to be difficult, it might even be that we can get there but getting home later is difficult," said Tom Meissner, activities director at Hempstead.

Already this year both teams have missed 2 games due to weather. But weather doesn't stop Warrior fans Leroy Taylor and Lorne Royster.

"I figure if the girls can make the trip, I can make the trip," said Taylor.

"The girls need the someone here from the community to support them," added Royster.

By the looks of it, many people stayed home. But loyal fans from both sides say they'll continue to travel, no matter what kind of game mother nature plays.

Practice is also a concern in this weather -- canceling some practices. By district rules, only varsity teams are required to practice but no later than two hours after an early dismissal.

Online Reporter: Lauren Squires

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