Pick your poison for spring break week, Super Bowl week, or any other week in the calendar year; just as long as it’s not ‘Flu Week 2020’.
While this time of the year is generally more cause for concern regarding weather-related postponements, administrators and coaches alike framed one unified opinion about the health-concerning re-scheduling of games — it’s been a mess.
“When it is weather-related, there are many times when the roads are bad in the morning, but in the afternoon, roads are perfect, so we can play,” Northwest athletic director and girls coach Dave Frantz said. “In this flu epidemic week, we have shut down the buildings. Therefore, no home games are permitted to be played.”
Frantz’s Lady Mohawks are one of several girls teams who instead of playing their final full week of the regular season in preparation for the postseason are now trying to pivot to avoid potential disaster.
“With the tournaments upon us, we still have two league games that need to be made up,” Frantz said. “No dates have been set for those yet as there are conflicts with dates that the competing schools have open due to their other makeups and tournaments. Luckily, the SOC ADs work well together and do what is best for both schools.”
The wide-sweeping flu epidemic which affected our region as hard as anywhere meant that just 11 of the 32 scheduled games for Scioto County’s 12 high schools for the week beginning Monday, Feb. 3 were able to be played when originally scheduled.
Twenty-one of those resulted in postponements with some games — even conference games which must be played — not being rescheduled until after each school sees their respective tournament draws. Non-league games which are not required to be made up have yet to have announced dates for rescheduling.
Talk about bad timing with the beginning of postseason play approaching for area girls and boys teams.
Teams in the Southern Ohio Conference are likely the most affected. Three-out-of-four regular-season conference championships in the SOC have already been decided with the Notre Dame Lady Titans, New Boston Tigers and Wheelersburg Lady Pirates claiming the SOC I girls, SOC I boys and SOC II girls outright titles, respectively.
Friday’s originally-scheduled first-place SOC II boys game between Wheelersburg and Waverly to be played in the Waverly Downtown Arena was postponed Thursday, after our friends in Pike County closed school due to their number of illnesses. As of Saturday morning, the rescheduled date between the Pirates and Tigers is still TBD.
“We’ve had the normal day-to-day illnesses everyone goes through, but I know some coaches who have only had five or six kids healthy enough to practice,” Pirates coach Steven Ater said. “So it has been tough on a lot of programs. Being out of school definitely disrupts your rhythm and then when games get canceled this late in the year, everyone is going to be playing a bunch of games in a short stretch, or have to make up games during tournament play, something that isn’t ideal for anyone involved.”
Another team, coach Dirk Hollar’s Green Bobcats, haven’t played in game action since their Jan. 24 home game versus New Boston — after back-to-back Friday games being cancelled due to the local flu outbreak.
Whether it was for Friday’s accumulating snowfall, health precautions, or school districts simply had too many students and faculty under-the-weather, each of 12 school districts in Scioto County with scheduled athletic competitions were, at some point, out-of-school.
As best as The Daily Times sports staff knows them, below is an updated schedule of games which were cancelled in the last week. Games not listed below have yet to have an annouced makeup date. When that becomes official, please check our Facebook page and website for additional rescheduling details. It is also recommended you check with your local school district about the status of makeup games.
Be sure to also check The Daily Times site for boys basketball sectional seedings which are to be released Sunday, Feb. 9th at 3:30 p.m.
MAKE-UP DATES (BOYS)
Tuesday, Feb. 11
East at Clay
Wednesday, Feb. 12
Green at Western
Ironton at Portsmouth
Thursday, Feb. 13
West at Eastern
Saturday, Feb. 15
Oak Hill at South Webster
MAKE-UP DATES (GIRLS)
Monday, Feb. 10
Green at Notre Dame
Wheelersburg at Waverly
South Webster at West
Lewis Co. (Ky.) at New Boston
Tuesday, Feb. 11
East at Clay (5 p.m. start)
Thursday, Feb. 13
Rose Hill (Ky.) at Green
Monday, Feb. 17
Oak Hill at West
Wheelersburg at South Webster
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