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Lions have basketball teams and schedule, just waiting for clearance to start season

SoVaNow.com / January 21, 2021

Halifax County Middle School boys and girls basketball teams will have to wait a little longer to play as COVID-19 hampered the start of a new season on Tuesday.

“Regularly in the Junior Piedmont we have seven schools competing,” Justin Saunders, HCMS athletics director said. “But only four schools are going to compete in basketball which was us, Fieldale - Collinsville, Laurel Park, and Patrick County.

“So, we came up with a revised schedule and was actually supposed to start yesterday (Tuesday) was supposed to be our first game.”

The decision not to play the schedule right now follows the lead of Halifax County High School athletics which has been in delay mode for the last three weeks.

Saunders said just like the high school having to cancel sports because of high COVID-19 numbers in the community, HCMS is in the same position.

“You know that our numbers are just way too high right now,” Saunders said. “So, we canceled all activities this week including practices.

Saunders said they were able to provide tryouts but have yet been able to get in any real practice time.

“We’ve had tryouts, we have a team,” said Saunders. “They’re ready to practice but the last two weeks we’ve been on hold because of the numbers being so high.

Saunders also noted where the high school is playing by the VHSL’s Championship + 1 calendar, middle schools had to develop their own.

“We had to set our own because in high school they have regionals and states, and plus ones,” Saunders explained. “In the middle school level we’re going to cut it off Feb. 4 because we’ve the fall, the second session is going to start up on the Feb. 8.” That second session is fall sports season.

Saunders said he’s looking forward to fall sports being played too. He said as of now all competitions and practices are being decided on a day-by-day basis.

Saunders expressed that decisions to play or practice are determined after input from the superintendent, school district nurse, data from the CDC, the high school’s athletics director Allen Lawter and other sources.

“I’m always holding out hope, that’s just my side of it,” Saunders said. “I want to see the kids compete because I think they’re missing it big time.

“But we want to keep them safe. Hopefully there’s some light at the end of the tunnel. I’m holding out hope.”



Proposed schedule

Jan. 19, Halifax County Middle School vs. Laurel Park, (H), 5 p.m. (Not Played)

Jan. 21, Halifax County Middle School vs. Fieldale-Collinsville, (H), 5 p.m.

Jan. 26, Halifax County Middle School vs. Patrick County, (A), 5 p.m.

Jan. 28, Halifax County Middle School vs. Laurel Park, (A), 5 p.m.

Feb. 2, Halifax County Middle School vs. Fieldale-Collinsville, (A), 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 4, Halifax County Middle School vs. Patrick County, (H), 5 p.m.



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