"Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...turn and face the strange"- David Bowie
Particularly High School basketball the absolute best show around when it’s winter in our bipeninsular paradise?
If you recall 8 months ago the Lion Girls team had just vanquished a powerful GR Christian team and had their sights set on West Catholic and a Regional title.
Fremont Boys team marched to a district title rematch with Comstock Park, the team that booted them from the tourney the previous year.
Then came COVID and the schools and all their sports were slammed shut.
Now it’s approaching basketball season again and...and…
We’re on a delay.
You see there is still football left to play and volleyball matches are unfinished (as well as swimming and diving) and though our area doesn’t have a dog in any of these these playoff fights the postponement of these tournament runs will push back the basketballers, wrestlers and bowlers (who cannot bowl right now anyway) with a December 9th start for practices and season play beginning after the new year arrives (Jan. 4th).
The MDHHS announced a three-week pause to various activities including school sports, effective Nov. 18, in hopes of halting the state’s rising infections due to COVID-19.
The volleyball and swimming & diving tournaments have one week remaining, with MHSAA Finals for both previously scheduled for Nov. 21. The 11 and 8-Player Football Playoffs also are nearing their conclusions, with the 8-player postseason two games from completion and 11-player down to its final three rounds. Winter practices for all but boys basketball, bowling, skiing and wrestling had begun for high school teams.
If allowed by the MDHHS, practice would resume for all three Fall sports Dec. 9, with tournaments scheduled as follows:
“A very small percentage of our teams remain active in our Fall tournaments, also limiting potential exposure to the virus across the state. Meanwhile, by waiting until January to begin Winter competition, the Council is allowing our teams to continue activity but also restricting the mixing of communities to further promote reducing COVID spread.”
The Council meets again Dec. 4 for its annual Fall Meeting, and at that time will consider possible tournament adjustments necessary due to the shortened Winter competition season.
In the meantime here’s a story we ran in N3 about the possible outcome of the Lion/Falcon showdown that never happened.
And here’s hoping we see you at the gym after the New Year.