Trio of Area Basketball Teams End Seasons Because of COVID-19 Concerns
As the boys and girls basketball postseason begins this week with district tournaments, a trio of area basketball programs have seen their seasons come to an abrupt halt because of COVID-19 concerns.
The Sault Ste. Marie boys team has had a player test positive for COVID-19, while the Brimley boys and girls teams had to forfeit because of contact tracing.
“Obviously, really disappointing especially for those three seniors that we had on the team that didn’t know that our game last week was their last high school game,” Sault Ste. Marie coach Mike Fitzner said. “You know, the other thing is we were playing better basketball. We had improved throughout the season. For it to end kind of abruptly like that and not really have our chance in the district tournament is kind of disappointing.”
With Brimley ending its seasons earlier, the girls team concludes its season at 3-7 while the boys wrap up their year at 4-8.
“For the second year in a row, they’re gonna live with the what-ifs,” Brimley athletic director Hugh Clarke said. “Win or lose, you get to own that at the end of the day. What they have right now is just no closure.”
With these forfeits, the Rudyard girls advance to the district finals while the Ojibwe Charter and Boyne City boys programs advance to the district semifinals.