TERRY DUCKETT

Just over two weeks ago, the Sherrard young boys’ basketball team had the start of its season put on hold due to a favorable COVID-19 test within its program.

The Rock Island girls program likewise had a two-week time out leading up to Tuesday’s season opener.

Now, 2 other Illinois Quad-Cities’ prep squads discover themselves in the very same circumstances. Both the Alleman and the Rockridge kids’ basketball teams will have to wait up until differing times next week for their 2021 debuts due to COVID-19 problems.

Currently, the Pioneers are set to play their very first game under brand-new head coach Scott Verstraete versus Western Big 6 rival Galesburg at Don Morris Gym on Tuesday. Right now, Verstraete and his club is taking a pragmatic technique.

” We deal with whatever the same,” said Verstraete, who also coached the Orion young boys’ cagers for 2 seasons (1998-2000). “It’s about safety, and staying concentrated and continuing no matter the scenario. I ‘d rather not be anywhere else that at the beginning of practice or the season.

” But, I think everyone requires to bear in mind that you can put schedules and calendars together, however today, we’re not really in control of them. We need to realize this in the middle of a pandemic, and navigate it the finest that we can.”

As of now, Alleman has actually had 3 Big 6 matches– this previous Tuesday’s video game with Quincy, Friday’s video game against United Township and Saturday’s matchup at Sterling– postponed. At Rockridge, the Rockets have had 4 video games held off or cancelled due to their pause.

The very first of those contests, last Friday’s opener versus Annawan, was on the exact same day coach Andy Saey’s squad needed to call a stop to its basketball activities.

” We have actually tried our best to alert the kids, to let them understand that it takes simply one test being favorable to shut it down,” said Saey, whose club has actually likewise lost dates with Erie-Prophetstown and Knoxville, along with a video game set up for Wednesday night against United Town.

” So much can be done at school; after that, it’s really out of our hands. You attempt to be as safe as possible, however often things occurs and people can still get ill.”

Currently, the Firecrackers are set to be cleared to return to action a week from today. After a planned practice next Thursday, they are set to open versus 3 Rivers West Department competing Orion the following night.

” It’s discouraging, however we’re trying to deal with it the very best we can,” said Saey. “Our A.D., Scott Daly, and I had worked hard to get a schedule together, and we were trying to take as patient approach as possible. So yeah, it is frustrating.”

From Verstraete’s perspective at Alleman, the focus is on making it through the rest of this pause unscathed and on the Pioneers’ potential opener against Galesburg.

” They’re a fine program, and playing them will be a terrific opportunity for us,” he said. “Right now, we value any chance used to us.”

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