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Fall Sports Review

Cheer – 

In the beginning of the pandemic, the cheer team was told that they would be back by August or September. That starting date was pushed back, of course, and currently the team is hoping to start by January or February. 

Junior Madi Harth and the rest of the team have been kept in the dark since, and are only allowed to do limited workout routines. 

“Since the weight room opened up we’ve been able to do individual workouts,” Harth said. “But we are unable to have tryouts, which are the driving force behind how we form our team.” 

Currently the Cheer Team hopes to be back practicing in January, and will be ready to stand alongside the football team if they are allowed to compete in the spring, or compete in their own right for their tournaments.

Girls Soccer – 

Girls soccer is currently practicing twice a week, with the team split into two groups players who were already on the team, and those newly joining this year to minimize social contact. The two groups practice in succession on Thursday and Saturday. These protocols are echoed by Junior Jemma Sanderson. 

“We’re required to wear masks during practice,” Sanderson said. “Throughout the practices we try to do drills with limited contact.” 

The team has been in workouts since August, when they formed a partnership with Vice Athletics, a gym in Magnolia. This allowed the girls soccer team to have workouts at a gym during the pandemic. 

All of the scheduled fall games have been canceled and rescheduled for the spring, which is what Team Captain Ella Tipping says the team is preparing for.

“Our official season begins in March, where we can actually begin to play games,” Tipping said. “But it’s unknown if that season will actually happen.” 

XC – 

Similar to the rest of the fall sports, the cross-country meets have all been canceled, although they are supposed to start their season in March. X-C practiced three times a week during the fall on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, where they ran with their masks on in socially distant groups.  

However, for Junior Luke O’Meara and everyone else on the X-C team, the rising COVID-19 cases led to a premature end to the season.

“After [Governor Jay] Inslee reinstated the lockdown, we had one more practice before cross-country practices shut down,” O’Meara said.

Cross-country is set to be back competing in the spring, along with their counterpart track and field, although whether or not it is safe enough at that point remains to be seen.

Frisbee – 

Boys frisbee was supposed to play in the fall, but their season was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Senior Team captains Max McKelvey and Henry Adamson are both fighting for a rescheduled Boys frisbee season in the spring, however.

“We’re hoping we can get [a Boy’s season] later this year,” said Adamson. “But we’ll have to see what happens and what people with more influence allow us to do.”

However, unlike the majority of teams, Frisbee has upped its regiment after Inslee’s newest lockdown, and has just started to have captains’ practices.

“There’s a lot less people [at practice],” Adamson said. “But they’re a lot safer and everyone wears a mask.”

The frisbee practices are limited in their capacities and functions, similar to other sports.

“We’re not playing defense on each other to maintain our distance,” said McKelvey. “We can’t do any playing, it’s just drills so we don’t get too close to each other.”

Football – 

The official football season was moved to the spring back in August, but the team still practiced one to two days a week, and players were working out individually, to maintain safety precautions. Just like cross-country, however, Governor Inslee’s newest lockdown order caused the team to halt all practices. 

“We were practicing in small groups, doing socially distant drills,” said Kicker Joe Wielbruda. “After the order there’s been no practices at all.”  

The plan still remains to begin their actual season in the spring, however as it’s getting closer to the spring football’s season gets more and more uncertain.

“There’s no timetable for when we’ll be back practicing,” Wielbruda said.

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