Norwood-Norfolk superintendent casts doubt on winter sports season
BY MATT LINDSEY
North Country This Week
NORWOOD -- Winter high school sports seasons are unlikely to get underway in St. Lawrence County, according to Norwood-Norfolk Central School Superintendent Jamie Cruikshank.
The New York State Public High School Athletic Association delayed the start of high-risk winter sports to Jan. 4 due to COVID-19 concerns, NYSPHSAA announced Tuesday. Those sports include basketball, competitive cheerleading, hockey, volleyball and wrestling.Low- and moderate-risk sports, such as bowling, boys swimming, indoor track and field and rifle can begin practices Nov. 30.
At NNCS, they only offer indoor track and field. Right now, there is no facility for athletes to compete because the local colleges are not allowing high school athletes on campus.
“Our practice is in our hall and I don’t know if they’d be allowed to run in a confined space like that,” Cruikshank said, referencing social distancing guidelines.
“We are assuming as a Section, that indoor track would be near impossible to pull off,” he said. He speculated that high-risk sports beginning in January would be “iffy as best,” given the local COVID-19 uptick that health officials expect to continue to spike during the holidays.
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