Threat of Hurricane Florence cancels, postpones games


Holden Hodge (with ball) and the Northeastern football team will have to wait another week before it plays Northern Nash.


From staff reports

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Days before its expected arrival, Hurricane Florence has impacted local sports.

Elizabeth City State University announced in a news release Monday evening that events associated with the 21st Down East Viking Football Classic in Rocky Mount this week have been canceled.

“Our priority is focusing our attention on the safety and welfare of the student-athletes, support groups and those that worked hard to bring forth this terrific event. We look forward to returning The Down East Viking Football Classic to Rocky Mount in 2019,” said ECSU’s Director of Athletics George L. Bright in the news release.

The university did not rule out the chance of ECSU playing Winston-Salem State later in the season, but in Elizabeth City.

This will be the first time since 1999 that the Classic will not take place the weekend it was scheduled.

Hurricane Floyd forced the cancellation of the 2nd Down East Viking Football Classic contest between ECSU and North Carolina Central nearly 20 years ago.

According to the news release, tickets purchased for the game can be returned where purchased for a refund.

Currituck County Schools announced Monday that the school system will be closed starting today through the end of the week.

The Knights’ home football game against John A. Holmes set for Friday will not take place this week.

Also impacted is the Lady Knights’ non-conference home volleyball match against Perquimans.

That match has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Sept. 19.

The Northeastern Coastal Conference cross country meet at Currituck set for Wednesday will not take place.

Perquimans County Schools will remain open today, but will be closed to students starting on Wednesday through Friday.

The Lady Pirates volleyball team is expected to face Edenton today on the road.

Perquimans’ volleyball match against Washington County on Thursday has been postponed and rescheduled to Sept. 26.

The Perquimans boys soccer match Wednesday at home against Manteo was postponed.

Dare County Schools will be closed today until the remainder of the week.

That impacts high school games for Cape Hatteras, First Flight and Manteo high schools.

Camden’s volleyball match at First Flight Monday was postponed to Oct. 3, Camden’s boys soccer match at Manteo Monday was also postponed, but a new date to play the Albemarle Athletic Conference match had not been decided as of Monday afternoon.

Camden and Northeastern boys soccer will play today at 6 p.m. at Camden Community Park.

Camden is also set to host Gates in volleyball today and as of Monday afternoon, the Bruins are still set to host Williamston-Riverside in football Wednesday night.

Camden’s volleyball matchup at Edenton Wednesday remains scheduled as of Monday afternoon.

Elizabeth City Pasquotank Public Schools announced Monday evening that it will be closed to students Wednesday through Friday.

That impacts games for Pasquotank and Northeastern high schools.

Those contests include Pasquotank’s home football game against Perquimans on Wednesday and an away volleyball contest at Hertford County Thursday.

The Pirates and Panthers will meet in football Thursday, Sept. 27.

Pasquotank’s home volleyball match against First Flight today was postponed.

Northeastern’s football game at Northern Nash that was set for Wednesday was moved to Monday, Sept. 17.

Northeastern’s conference volleyball match vs. Bertie today and a match at First Flight Thursday were postponed.

Albemarle School’s home soccer and volleyball matches against Pungo Christian will still take place today, but volleyball will start at 3:30 p.m. with the boys soccer match beginning at 4 p.m.

A decision on Albemarle School’s games scheduled for Thursday will be made by today at noon.

Friday’s scheduled races at Dixieland Speedway were postponed to Oct. 5.

According to the National Weather Service’s National Hurricane Center in Miami, Hurricane Florence is expected to be at least a Category 3 hurricane when it makes its expected landfall in the Carolinas later this week.