Coaches, players struggle to form definite schedule

Eric Pabon, Entertainment Editor

Junior Sam Smith goes for a layup during warm up on the home court. This game was played at the middle school gymnasium. (Harley Alford)

   This year’s basketball season has been unpredictable to say the least. Day to day, there is no way to tell if the team will play or if the game will be canceled.

   If a team gets quarantined, the athletic director, Dave Watkins, has to scramble to reschedule. The main goal is to ensure that the team gets 19-20 games.

   Mr. Watkins says that it is a matter of going back and forth between other athletic directors to find open dates to play.

   The most frustrating part is how unpredictable everything is.

   “You could have it all planned, and then get a call that morning saying that they can’t come. It happens so fast; between wrestling and basketball, we’ve had 23-24 canceled games.”

   A difficult aspect of it all is that one team, like the boys, could be quarantined, but the girls could still play.

   “There could be 30-40 emails between AD’s trying to see who can play,” he says.

   All this unpredictability weighs on the athletes and coaches as well.

Head coach Justin Logan says, “This year was tough on players, as we could get quarantined without warning, and it happens so quickly.”

   During all the rescheduling that was happening, there was a point where the basketball team played eight consecutive games without practicing.

   Quarantine has also caused the Wildcats to miss opportunities to have higher ranking in league.

   Junior point guard Ty Anderson says, “If COVID wasn’t a thing, we would’ve beaten  Iola, but two starters were quarantined. We would have won, and we would have been first in league.”

   Basketball is a sport that requires top tier shape and conditioning throughout the season.

   However, this year, no one conditioned for the unexpected cancellations that prohibited play.