Exposure to Coronavirus forces game cancellation
The Morgan County High School Bulldogs cancelled a Saturday night game against Salem High School after a player and two staff members were exposed to Coronavirus.
According to Bulldog Head Coach Jamond Sims, the game was cancelled after a player, a coach and the team’s bus driver all reported exposure to COVID-19. Sims says practice last week was also cancelled “out of prudence” and that the Bulldogs were able to get back into the gym on Monday and Tuesday for practice. “As a precaution we shut down practice for five days,” he said.
The team has a Wednesday game scheduled against Jefferson High School. However, Sims said the team’s driver is still in quarantine and administration was trying Tuesday to locate a replacement driver. The Jefferson game is scheduled for 6 p.m. away on Wednesday.
The 3-2 Bulldogs have not yet played a region game and Sims says despite the challenges with having a season during a pandemic, the team is showing promise.
Coach Sims says the young Bulldog squad was starting to learn individual roles.
“We have a more mature team than last year,” he said.
“They have taken the keys and learned how to drive the car for the first time.”
Sims said that annual Sweet South Classic, one of the largest basketball tournaments in the region, will be trimmed back both on the number of teams participating and on the days it will be held. The tournament, originally set for Dec. 28 through Dec. 30 will now be pared back to Dec. 28 and Dec. 29 at Morgan County High School. Coach Sims said participating teams have dropped from eight boys teams and 12 girls teams to eight boys teams and eight girls teams but organizers are “still in limbo about a couple of teams.”
He also said tournament organizers are considering banning fans at the tournament. “For the safety of the kids, we will probably not allow fans.”
Sims says he and his coaching squad are remaining positive during the pandemic and the unique challenges it brings.
“It really is tough. You never know what tomorrow will bring.”
Sims says he hopes the Georgia High School Association (GHSA) doesn’t reach a decision to cancel the remainder of the season as it did in the spring with transmission rates rising.
In the interim, he says, he and his fellow coaches are reminding the players to enjoy the moment, enjoy the day and enjoy the game. “Every opportunity they get on the floor with their friends they need to make the most of it,” he says.
“You never know when a decision might come down.”