REED CITY – Winter sports teams such as girls basketball started their practices on Monday, and athletic directors including Reed City’s Kris Griffin are hoping all goes well for the next four months.

But obviously with the ongoing COVID pandemic, there are no guarantees.

“I think we all want to see winter sports start for our kids,” Griffin said. “I am definitely worried with our rising numbers of COVID in our state. We have had to close our elementary and middle school for periods of time, but not yet our high school. We have been pretty lucky so far with our athletes.”

Reed City is hosting a football playoff game on Friday.

As for winter sports, “our JV and varsity girls will be starting on Monday,” Griffin said late last week. “The following week we have boys basketball and probably the most complicated sport (wrestling).”

As for winter sports having offseason work, “We have done very little offseason due to all of the restrictions,” Griffin said. “We will see some ramifications, since our kids did not get the usual summer scrimmages, team building etc, which will most definitely cause some delays.

“Mask wearing for our athletes has already caused some concern with our kids. Wrestling will be a challenge as it is such a contact sport. Spectator limitations will continue to be a challenge and extra work.”

Asked if she was confident winter sport will have a full season, “I wish we knew the answer to that question,” Griffin said. “We will start and control what we can control and hope for the best.”