West Virginia sports are in full swing
No matter what the scoreboards showed last week, our area high school teams all managed to record a win.
Thanks to following protocols and restrictions that have been put into place as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, all of last week’s games involving local teams were played. Weather was an issue — rain and storms led to delays — but the games went on.
That’s important, because it shows that, at least for now, athletes, as well as band members and cheerleaders, are getting to participate in their sports — which, unlike other years, was not a given a little more than a month ago.
It’s more than football, too. Those who participate in golf, soccer, cross country and volleyball have been able to start their seasons.
Everything is coming after delays while health officials and state athletic administrators settled on a series of plans that have been designed to keep the participants as safe as possiable while at practice and at games, and the fans as protected as possible as they watch the games.
Schools in Ohio got things started. This week it’s West Virginia’s turn, and the schedule features a full slate of games involving local teams. John Marshall will visit Weir High, Hedgesville will visit Brooke, Oak Glen will travel to Point Pleasant and Weirton Madonna will take on Wahama in Fairmont in a game being played on a neutral field to help cut down travel distance.
Unlike Ohio, which plans to begin its playoffs after the sixth week of the season, West Virginia plans to play a regular schedule, with playoffs to follow and champions still scheduled to be crowned in all three classes on Wheeling Island.
As we have seen many times this year, anything can happen at any time when you are dealing with the coronavirus, which means all of these plans might face changes — even more than once along the way.
But for now, a very limited number of fans can attend each game and, more important, student-athletes have the chance to compete and enjoy what is an important part of the education process.