There was a lot of excitement over 200 high school matches taking place this past week. Constant rule changes and announcements from MNSHL fueled the anticipation; especially when they announced a limited number of spectators to be allowed in. However, others were let deflated with news of possible exposures and cancelation of matches. Below are a few of the teams who's season were put on hold just a bit longer - we hope.
Thursday, Oct. 8th
Saturday, Oct. 10th
New Life Academy
Blue Earth Area
Rochester Mayo vs Rochester John Marshall
This is sure to be a common occurrence as we navigate the 2020 season. The details surrounding each delayed game are assumed to include Covid related issues. It is good to see team erring on the side of caution when it comes to this. The handful of matches seem to be scattered across the state with only a few in the greater metro area.
Teams are stepping up precautions with the implementation of strict guidelines and procedures including assigned bus seating, constant sanitizing and unique court set ups.
We spoke with head coach Molly Thomas at Chatfield High school after their first match was postponed and she offered optimism and excitement despite the delay,
"While we were initially disappointed, this season has taught us that change is the only constant. We were fortunate that our
timetable was shorter than some and look forward to the opportunity to play Monday."
Thankfully, there was well-thought planning when the season was reinstated; teams will have extra time for make-up games. The families, coaches, and MNSHL are committed to keeping our players safe.