Athletic directors react to shutdown in sports
REED CITY — Here we go again.
With the state’s shutdown announcement on Sunday and the MHSAA’s declaration of no sports activity until Dec. 9, local schools’ sports programs were faced with another share of disappointing news.
“Obviously there was disappointment for our kids, but safety must be our primary focus,” Big Rapids athletic director Dawn Thompson said. “With the increase in numbers for our area and the state of Michigan, the announcement was not a huge surprise. We knew going into the winter season it could be a go and stop situation.”
Chippewa Hills athletic director Michael Fosburg said the shutdown was not surprising.
“Coaches can still meet virtually with kids so we will do that and see what we can do to get ready for the start date again. We’ve been through this before,” he said, adding on Dec. 9, “we will again await the MHSAA to give us guidance and go from there.”
Pine River athletic director Shawn Ruppert agreed.
“The MHSAA announcement stated that all athletic events are postponed immediately, so that’s what we are doing,” he said. “There’s no practice/meetings between players and coaches. We will wait until the MHSAA tells us that it is time for us to start up again.
“It was not completely unexpected. Our area is certainly seeing more cases than the first wave that hit in the spring. We’ve had a few cases in our buildings, but not an extraordinary amount. I am sure this wave of infection will pass, but I’m not sure that it will be by Dec. 9. It wouldn’t surprise me if this shutdown gets extended to the New Year. Hopefully, I’m wrong.”