Albion has 120 students playing sports this fall, down from 260 a year ago

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 October 2020 at 9:29 am

ALBION – There are about half the students in the school district’s fall athletic program this year with Covid-19 restrictions pushing football, volleyball and competitive cheerleading to March.

The district also doesn’t have modified sports for seventh- and eighth-graders who counted in the total for last fall.

The district is offering an intramural program with soccer and cross country for seventh- and eighth-graders. Those students will compete against each other instead of students from other schools, Adam Krenning, the district’s athletic director, told the Board of Education on Monday.

The district’s fall season has started with golf, cross country and JV and varsity soccer. Each athlete is limited to two spectators per contest. Krenning said some schools and leagues aren’t allowing spectators.

He told the board he worries crowds of spectators could jeopardize the season for the athletes.

“We’re asking everyone to adhere to the two spectators,” he said. “We have to keep the attendance down and try to social distance.”

The district has set up a YouTube channel and will videotape some of the games.

Krenning was asked about athletes wearing masks. He said athletes turn in their masks and practice pinnies after each practice and they are washed by the district.

Krenning was also asked about winter sports, which are to begin on Nov. 30. Wrestling and basketball are both considered high-risk sports by the state with Covid-19.

“If I was a betting man I’d say swimming will happen,” he said. “I don’t know about the other ones.”

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