Boys’ Basketball Team Down But Not Out
James Tsiantoulas, Veritas Sports Editor
Feb. 5, 2021
The varsity boys’ basketball team as of this past weekend has been shut down with six members of their team testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The rest of the team, who have tested negative, are still responsibly quarantining as they wait to be cleared to get back out on the court. This is a huge blow for the team as practices and games have been suspended for two weeks.
The boys’ team which began its season on Jan. 8 started out their year red hot, winning their first five games and looking like nothing could stop them. But no one expected this shutdown to happen. These positive cases have no correlation to the JV boys team shutdown in January as the team was quarantined for the appropriate amount of time.
It is believed this was due to a player from an opposing varsity team testing positive after a game. With this information all the players, coaches and staff were tested and are now quarantining for two weeks.
The team is not allowed to practice until Feb. 11, and then they will have a South Shore League playoff game on either Sunday or Monday, Feb. 14 or 15. In the playoffs the boys will be looking to secure another South Shore League title.
Despite this difficulty, this is a team of tough competitors, and they will not let adversity push them down. “The long break in our season is a little bit of a setback but it’s an obstacle we have to get over in order to win the league when we do get back,” said senior Joey Nguyen who has high hopes for the team once they are good to come back.
Principal Harrison in a letter to the community expressed his pride in the school’s handling of this situation, limiting the spread and not putting any other students in jeopardy. He said, “Thanks to the hard work of our student-athletes, coaches, staff, and families, I do believe this outbreak involving the boy’s varsity basketball team has been contained. I continue to remain confident in our protocols and believe our learning environment within our classrooms is safe.”
Hopefully when the team is cleared for basketball activities once again, they won’t miss a beat and will get right to work.