Woman Indians’ varsity squad hit with 14-day COVID quarantine on the eve of the realm match
By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports activities Immediately
OHATCHEE – Rebecca Hughes needed to make worst name to her Ohatchee volleyball staff Sunday night time that she’s ever needed to make as a coach.
She needed to inform the varsity gamers they had been quarantined for the following two weeks after a teammate examined constructive for COVID-19 and wouldn’t have the ability to play within the space match Tuesday at Nice Valley.
As a result of the coaches weren’t affected, the Tribe will have the ability to play within the occasion, however they are going to area a JV squad hoping to maintain their senior-rich varsity’s season alive. The gamers could be obtainable to return the day their regional begins in Huntsville – in the event that they make it that far.
“You by no means wish to try this to your youngsters,” Hughes stated. “These are the 2 weeks you’re employed your whole season for and so they’re simply being stripped from them.”
Hughes declined to establish the participant who examined constructive besides to verify she is a non-starter.
The Woman Indians, the second seed within the Class 3A Space 11 match at Nice Valley, are scheduled to play Piedmont at 4 p.m. The winner earns a spot within the sub-regionals and can play the PV-Weaver winner for the realm championship.
The two-3 matchup is usually probably the most hotly contested matchup within the space match.
Hughes stated the positive-testing participant’s dad and mom knowledgeable her of the take a look at outcomes about 7:30 Sunday night time and the county’s head nurse shut this system down about 90 minutes later.
“I needed to Zoom my ladies and allow them to know their season is over,” Hughes stated. “It’s irritating as a result of there are different groups that needed to quarantine this season and so they have however they’re again for the playoffs. It stinks for my ladies. It’s devastating.”
She stated the Woman Indians are attempting to enchantment from each avenue and several other board members have referred to as the college in response. She believes the choice was made after the participant responded to a nurse’s query about whom she had been round not too long ago with a basic “the volleyball staff.”
Hughes desires to supply video proof of the participant not breaching the 6/15 rule – being inside six toes of one other individual for quarter-hour – throughout the one time she would have had contact with teammates, final Thursday’s dwelling match towards Religion Christian. The participant was seated between two gamers, which the Woman Indians would argue would topic these gamers to quarantine however not your complete staff.
As it’s, one of many JV gamers who would have been a substitute participant Tuesday additionally has been quarantined due to her proximity to the impacted participant within the classroom.
“We have now been combating tooth and nail all night time, final night time and at the moment, calling who we needed to name,” Hughes stated. “We didn’t wish to go down and not using a struggle.”
The Woman Indians are the fifth volleyball staff among the many seven within the Calhoun County Faculties system quarantined due to COVID. White Plains, Weaver, Nice Valley and Saks all had been sidelined earlier this yr. Different in-county groups have had particular person gamers quarantined, however the remainder of the staff stored taking part in.
Hughes – and Ohatchee principal Bobby Tittle beforehand – have stated the college has been following all of the COVID protocols and pointers and have had an “extraordinarily restricted” variety of positives in consequence. She questioned the consistency of the appliance of the quarantine.
“It’s insanely irritating that we’re placing a blanket quarantine on these volleyball (groups) and you’ve got soccer groups who’re testing constructive and choosing and selecting who to quarantine,” she stated. “If we’re going to have a blanket factor, it must be blanket throughout all sports activities.”
“The irritating half is we had been doing what we had been advised to do and we adopted the rules set forth by the CDC and the county and we nonetheless have the quarantine,” Tittle stated. “You inform these ladies to observe the 6/15 and also you observe the 6/15 and the rules and also you provide video proof and it doesn’t matter proper now.”
Hughes stays hopeful the Woman Indians will obtain a constructive decision earlier than the match – “I wish to hope any person will make the precise name and do the precise factor,” she stated – however with out intervention it doesn’t seem possible. Nonetheless, she is assured within the junior varsity’s potential towards a Piedmont staff the varsity beat each occasions they performed within the space schedule.
“We’re planning to take our JV staff to the realm tomorrow and simply signify our faculty and see if we will pull off a win within the space match and possibly make it to subregion with these ladies,” she stated. “We’re going to exit and do the very best we will. That’s what they wished to do for the varsity ladies. They don’t need their season to finish like this in order that they’re going to struggle for a pair days for them.”