Monomoy Regional Middle and High School students won’t be bouncing basketballs, shooting hockey pucks or participating in cheerleading — at least not this week — MRHS athletic director Karen Guillemette confirmed Monday morning.
Guillemette said the pause will include every athletic program regardless of level, sport or gender, in addition to the schools’ other extracurricular activities. She noted the decision was made because of the latest uptick of COVID-19 cases and added that it wasn’t a result of the number of cases within the school.
“It wasn’t any number, we just thought with the local surge and the national surge that it was the right thing to do to take a pause and be able to assess where we’re at,” Guillemette said.
If all goes according to plan, Monomoy students will be able to return to practices and games on Monday, Jan. 10. Guillemette is working to reschedule games that were set for this week and is hopeful all of the games will be able to be made up later in the season.
Because of the condensed schedule, though, Guillemette said the Sharks teams will have to resume their schedule as it stands when they return next week.
“Unfortunately, we’re going to just have to pick up next week and get back at it where things are,” she said. “There is not a lot of wiggle room. We’re working on rescheduling [this week’s games] now. We’re hopeful and pretty confident we’ll be able to reschedule them.”
Monomoy is hardly the only school that has had to deal with scheduling changes and pauses throughout the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A year ago, the high school’s entire athletic department started its winter sports season later than most schools throughout the state.
“We didn’t start until after the winter break last year,” Guillemette said. “I think it was two weeks after the winter break when we started.”
Although different MRHS teams may have had interruptions to their practice and game schedules since, this stop marks the first time the entire athletic department has paused the action in the months since.
Next week’s schedule tentatively includes about two games for each team, with Monday’s slate including freshmen basketball games for both teams; the boys are scheduled to visit Nauset at 3:30 p.m. and the girls are on the books to host Sandwich at the same time.
Junior varsity and varsity boys basketball are slotted to host Barnstable on Tuesday and travel to Dennis-Yarmouth on Thursday, Jan. 13. The Sharks’ girls basketball programs will play Barnstable and Dennis-Yarmouth on the same days at the opposite schools.
The Mashpee-Monomoy co-op boys hockey team is set to visit Tri-County on Wednesday and Martha’s Vineyard on Saturday, while the Cape Cod Furies girls hockey team, comprised of girls from Monomoy, Cape Cod Tech and Nauset, is scheduled for a Wednesday road trip to Nantucket before hosting Bishop Stang for a Saturday matinee.
As disappointing as it is to have sports shut down for the week, Guillemette is confident in the decision and is hopeful athletes will return to action next week.
“I think it’s the right thing to do to try to keep our kids and staff safe,” she said. “Hopefully we’ll be back at it next week.”
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