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Snowy spring slows start to sports season

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La Qui Parle Valley Eagles practice in the snow La Qui Parle Valley Eagles practice in the snow

High school teams across the metro are usually training for spring sports outside by this time of year, but things are different in 2013 and many athletes are coming down with cabin fever.

Though the sounds of the spring sporting season can still be heard, the sights certainly don't match the expectation.

"I was ready to play, then seeing the snow today -- it sucked," Ryan Helgeson told FOX 9 News.

For the Minnetonka Skippers, April 11 saw the third rain- or snow-out so far this year, leaving the team to practice indoors at least once more.

"It's tough," said Brendan Dye, a junior. "It's really hard."

For Dye, it's nearly impossible to simulate swinging away outdoors while hitting inside.

"I definitely like being on the field more," Dye admitted. "I like to see the ball travel. Being in the cage, you can see how hard you hit the ball but it's not the same."

While the gym gives Helgeson an opportunity to build up arm strength for pitching, when there's no mound of dirt, sometimes there's no feeling.

"Being on a mound, you get more of what you are going to do in a game," he said. "When you do flat ground inside, it's just not the same."

In Apple Valley, the tennis team from Rosemount was preparing for its home match away from home because the game needed to be moved to an indoor facility.

"It's really frustrating because you are used to your own home court and these are a lot different," said Alex Clauson. "These are sport courts and we are indoors when we should be outdoors."

Although the match could go on, many admitted it's simply not the same.

"This surface is weird. It gives weird bounces sometimes because of the ridges in the floor," said Erik Gunderson. "I would have liked to be playing outside."

On Tuesday, the team was playing out in the open air, and all the athletes who spoke to FOX 9 News said they hope spring weather will soon bring them back to their proper turf.

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