The Wando boys' basketball team just might be the hottest team in the state. The Warriors have won seven straight games, including a 74-40 victory over No. 1 Goose Creek last Tuesday and a 65-40 decision over Stratford over the weekend.
But the Warriors can't beat the weatherman. They were scheduled to travel to West Ashley Tuesday night, seeking another triumph. But the game and all other high school sporting events scheduled for Charleston, Berkeley and Dorchester counties have been postponed due to bad weather that is expected to hit the Lowcountry Tuesday.
Dave Spurlock, who oversees athletics for the Charleston County School District, said his county is also postponing athletic events for Wednesday.
Wando, which climbed up to No. 2 in the latest state poll. is closing in a 20-victory season.
"We are on a roll," Wando coach David Eaton said. "We were scheduled to have a walk-through (Monday night), but now we're going to have a hard practice. The good thing is that we always have room for improvement."
Eaton said discussions of postponing Tuesday's game began early Monday and there was talk of playing the game Monday night, but the logistics of moving the game a day early were too hard to overcome.
A dangerous combination of sleet and freezing rain could begin falling around noon Tuesday, according to weather forecasts. Inland areas of the Lowcountry could be turned into ice rinks with a half inch of ice while some areas could receive up to four inches of snow.
Areas along the coast aren't expected to get as much as ice and snow, but ice on bridges and roads could present a problem as well as potential power outages.
Dorchester District II has canceled all after-school activities for Tuesday, including postponement of sports. The biggest game on the agenda was the Summerville vs. Fort Dorchester boy's basketball game.
Berkeley County has also postponed all of Tuesday's athletic events.
Pat Raynor, who serves as the communication director for Dorchester District II, said the forecast was ominous.
"We wanted to act sooner than later," she said. "We have some teams traveling, so we want to make sure teams aren't on the roads when the weather is bad."