By Dennis Silva II | Sports activities Editor
COVID-19 had a big impression on the Seven Lakes cross nation and staff tennis groups this week.
On Thursday afternoon, beneath advisement from Fort Bend County Well being and Human Companies, Katy ISD briefly closed Seven Lakes Excessive College from Friday, Oct. 30 to Tuesday, Nov. 3, on account of an outbreak of COVID-19 instances. Underneath the closure, all extracurricular actions have been suspended as properly.
The information got here lower than 24 hours earlier than the District 19-6A cross nation meet could be held at Bear Creek Park.
“Once we have been notified (on Thursday) that there may very well be a possible situation with Seven Lakes working the race Friday morning, we consulted the UIL and threw out some completely different concepts,” Katy ISD athletics director Debbie Decker stated Friday night. “Certainly one of them, the UIL agreed was the best-case state of affairs we may do, beneath the circumstances.”
The district wouldn’t be given an extension on holding its 19-6A meet. So, Decker and her workers got here up with an thought to have the Spartans girls and boys run their 5K races at Bear Creek Park later that Thursday afternoon.
Decker consulted with Seven Lakes principal Kerri Finnesand earlier than holding an emergency district government committee assembly with all 19-6A principals for approval.
“It beats not having the ability to get the youngsters’ occasions in any respect,” Decker stated.
Seven Lakes boys cross nation coach Scott Kenny and ladies cross nation coach David Pollack have been notified of the plan after the DEC assembly.
“It was excellent news, dangerous information,” Decker stated of how she informed them. “The excellent news is we’ve got a option to get their occasions. The dangerous information is we’ve got to run as we speak.”
The Spartans coaches had 4 hours’ discover to get their children prepared and on the course to run by 4 p.m. Thursday. The women ran first, and the boys ran at 4:30 p.m.
The course had already been marked by assistant athletic director Pat Dowling earlier that day. Paetow’s cross nation coaches have been used as official timers.
The races had a lead gator and path gator and a few course displays to make sure a good and unbiased race, Decker stated.
“It wasn’t good, but it surely was the perfect we may do,” Decker stated. “It was unlucky, however a minimum of the youngsters had a chance to run.”
The Spartans didn’t reveal their occasions till after Friday’s district meet. It was solely then that their tines have been figured into each different staff’s to find out who would qualify for the Area III-6A meet on Nov. 10.
Seven Lakes didn’t qualify both of its boys or ladies groups to regionals. It certified one woman, Katie Fitzpatrick, and two boys, Fernando Hernandez and Ruben Rojas.
Late Friday night, the Seven Lakes’ cross nation and monitor and subject Twitter account tweeted: “Pleased with Spartan Cross Nation children and Seven Lakes H.S. Generally unfair and unjust issues occur even if you comply with the rules. We stay Spartan Pleased with you! #asterick.”
The Spartans’ staff tennis membership didn’t have the identical alternative to compete because the cross nation staff.
Seven Lakes had scheduled its space spherical playoff match towards Cy-Truthful to be performed Friday. The 2 coaches agreed to that association on Wednesday.
However with Friday now not a viable choice, the Spartans requested their opponent, Cy-Truthful, on Thursday if the match may very well be moved to later that day. The Bobcats tried to accommodate the Spartans, however a few of their prime gamers had jobs to take care of Thursday and wouldn’t be out there to play.
So, Seven Lakes needed to forfeit.
“It’s so unlucky for our youngsters, as a result of I do know they labored very exhausting,” Decker stated.
With an image of the staff and particular person participant photograph banners that encompass his staff’s court docket on campus, Seven Lakes tennis coach Kevin McIlvain tweeted on his account late Friday night: “Sadly, our season involves an finish from the sidelines within the Space Spherical because of the faculty being closed for issues out of our management. Thanks to your exhausting work and doing issues the correct manner Spartan Tennis!”
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