Some Anderson High sports programs suspended due to spike in COVID-19 cases

AUSTIN (KXAN) — After seven new confirmed cases of COVID-19 were reported at Anderson High School, the Austin Independent School District is suspending some of its sports programs.

The district announced Wednesday that all Anderson High junior varsity, freshman and off-season athletic activities will be suspended for at least two weeks, including practice, play and games.

Those programs will be able to restart on Wednesday, April 28.

As an additional measure, all in-season varsity players at the school are required to provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test before participating in any athletic activities, including practice and play. That documentation must be presented to the head coach of each sport, AISD said. They can get tested on or off campus.

The district hosted a mass COVID-19 testing event Wednesday afternoon for students at Anderson and encouraged players

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What have we learned during the pandemic in high school sports?

We are excited about a potential full return to competition this fall for high school athletics and performing arts programs. With the expectation that a majority of adults will have received the COVID-19 vaccine, and perhaps many young people, there is a hope that all states will be able to return to “normalcy” when schools open this fall.

While there is great optimism about having students back in their favorite sport or activity, and fans back to support these student participants, we must be careful not to forget what we have learned during this unprecedented pandemic. The struggles we have faced over the past year have reminded us of many significant aspects of participation in sports and performing arts activities.

So, what must we remember?

The Importance of Participation. Participation in high school activity programs provides students many benefits beyond what they

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Ryan retired from his role as head football coach, department chair for physical education, health and driver’s education, and assistant track and field coach at Metamora High School in 2020.

Four football players awarded scholarships

Four Illinois football players were granted scholarships —Christian Bobak, Tailon Leitzsey, Michael Marchese, and Alec McEachern were told they were being put on scholarship at a team meeting Tuesday evening.

Bobak has played in 43 games for the Illini, primarily on special teams and has 22 tackles over his career. He graduated with a degree in finance and is enrolled in the technology management master’s program. Bobak is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree.

Leitzsey walked-on to the team in 2018 as a sophomore. He made his Illinois debut against Northwestern last season. In December he earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology.

Marchese has played in 32 games with three starts at safety and

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High school football games changed following positive COVID-19 tests

FRESNO, California (KSEE) – Fresno County is closely monitoring high school contact sports when it comes to COVID-19 transmission, testing to find players who have the virus but do not show symptoms. It has forced some high school football games to be changed due to positive tests.

Clovis North was scheduled to play Clovis High School this Friday, but those plans have changed. Clovis High will be playing Madera High school instead.

Athletic Director for Madera Unified School District Marty Bitter said they test also their student-athletes for COVID-19.

“We tested on Monday,” said Bitter. We did a PCR test and what we do with that is they contact trace 48 hours prior if you do have a positive.”

Bitter said Madera High School did not have any of their student-athletes test positive this time around.

“Clovis North is where they had a little bit of the outbreak,” said Bitter.

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