Undefeated women basketball group goes into COVID-19 quarantine till Dec. 2 after constructive take a look at; Champions bracket additionally impacted by virus
By Al Muskewitz
East Alabama Sports activities Immediately
WEAVER – Simply because the Weaver women basketball group is getting snug with its finest begin in 5 years the rug will get pulled out from beneath it by an unseen opponent.
The Woman Bearcats are the newest Calhoun County sports activities group to enter quarantine for COVID-19 after a constructive take a look at was discovered inside the squad. The outcomes had been disclosed late Thursday night time so the group might be off the ground by means of Dec. 2.
They’re 3-0 with wins over Ashville, Religion Christian and Munford Thursday night time. They began 5-0 in 2015.
“You begin practising and getting in a movement and begin taking part in good collectively after which, bam,” coach Gary Atchley mentioned. “I felt like we began to get in basketball form and now now we have to take a two-week layoff. It’ll really feel like beginning over within the space video games.”
The Woman Bearcats are the third Weaver group and second basketball group in Calhoun County to be quarantined this athletics 12 months. The Bearcats’ soccer and volleyball groups had been sidelined for 2 weeks within the fall and the Nice Valley boys basketball group had the beginning of its season delayed by the virus.
“Each time my cellphone rings or dings you’re scared to loss of life as a coach you’re going to get the decision that one in every of your children bought it,” Atchley mentioned. “I believe each coach within the state resides hour by hour to see what’s going to occur. You attempt to get some momentum going after which this slaps you at the back of the pinnacle.”
The quarantine solely impacts the ladies group at Weaver. The Woman Bearcats had been scheduled to play six video games in the course of the quarantine interval, together with three in Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Spherical-Robin and an space recreation at Nice Valley. Until a number of the regular-season video games they misplaced are rescheduled, they aren’t scheduled to play once more till Dec. 8 in opposition to Piedmont.
Weaver principal Andy Keith has knowledgeable Lincoln of the Woman Bearcats’ state of affairs. Lincoln officers had been engaged on a revised bracket Friday.
Keith mentioned his workers has been proactive to extra in its efforts to maintain the varsity clear by means of the pandemic and referred to as the ladies basketball group’s state of affairs “unlucky.”
Whereas the potential for a statewide shutdown of winter sports activities much like what occurred final spring exists as COVID circumstances proceed to rise Keith doesn’t consider that’s within the playing cards at current.
“There have been forfeits in soccer they usually didn’t shut soccer down,” he mentioned. “I don’t assume anyone’s making a choice and saying we’re going to close fully down. I could possibly be fully mistaken, however every thing’s been left as much as native faculties as a result of everyone’s totally different.
“Do I believe they’ll come out and say we’re shutting it down proper now? No. There’s at all times a risk. However I don’t assume they’ll do it proper now. While you begin shutting sports activities down, faculties down, that’s a domino impact that impacts so many individuals in so some ways.”
The bracket for the Champions Ladies Thanksgiving Traditional additionally has been impacted by the virus.
Hokes Bluff has had some gamers go into quarantine Friday and others come out till Sunday, so the Woman Eagles will forfeit Saturday’s opening-round recreation to Ohatchee.
Hokes Bluff will transfer into Monday’s 4:30 p.m. loser’s bracket recreation in opposition to both Alexandria or Nice Valley, whereas the Woman Indians will play within the semifinals Tuesday at 8 in opposition to both Alexandria, Nice Valley or Handley.
To be able to hold the primary day’s play shifting, Saturday’s Alexandria-Nice Valley recreation will now be performed at 6 p.m.
Cowl picture by Greg Warren