It has been FAR too long for high school athletes to be able to compete in their respective sports after COVID-19 shut down the country. While all states bordering ours have started their fall seasons, the state government kept us in Phase II, which meant no competitions amongst each other. While volleyball and cross country have been working out, training and practicing since June, staying in Phase II, by order of the governor, meant no competitions could be played and that was extremely disappointing. The LHSAA gave a timeline for when seasons would begin back in July and teams were optimistically looking forward to those dates. Those dates were potentially compromised. However, the LHSAA told member schools to proceed with the timeline and guidelines to stay the course. The news was really exciting for our players and coaches. That means the volleyball team will play their first scrimmage today, Tuesday, against Newman. The cross country teams will soon be starting up, as well. However, the football team still cannot play any competition, as it is considered a contact sport, while the other fall sports are considered non-contact or partial contact sports. The football team still remains optimistic for an October 9th/10th start up date.
If the LHSAA allows competition to begin on that weekend of October, the season will pick up starting with the week 3 opponent and eliminating the first 2 games played. The season will proceed forward with weeks 4 through 10, then enter into the playoffs. While it is uncertain when state championships will be held, we do know the timeline of games will certainly be later than normal, potentially ending on or very near Christmas Day. I think, given the circumstances, any athlete would trade Christmas Day for potentially playing for a state championship in football! Let’s hope and pray the virus numbers continue to trend downward and we can all safely return to the sports we hold so near and dear to our hearts. We look forward to the day where all of our athletes can put their jersey’s across their chest for the first time and hold a special place in our hearts for our seniors, who have had to endure so much!