SIDNEY — Sidney’s quest to get by way of the season and not using a COVID-19 shutdown fell simply brief.
The Yellow Jackets canceled their Week 10 matchup with Troy on Thursday due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the school. Coach Adam Doenges stated over a dozen varsity gamers are quarantining because of the outbreak and the workforce didn’t have sufficient out there to play the Trojans on Friday.
Doenges stated he pulled gamers who had been in class on Thursday out of lessons to ship the information.
“Clearly our scenario isn’t distinctive, however it definitely hits house,” Doenges stated. “Loads of different coaches in loads of sports activities have had to do that throughout the season, however it’s one factor to see it and listen to about it and one other to must do it. It hits house to us now.
“It’s unhappy, however we don’t need to put any extra of our gamers in jeopardy or put any of Troy’s gamers in jeopardy.”
Sidney virtually obtained by way of its season with out having to cancel a recreation. The Yellow Jackets had a number of gamers quarantine at completely different occasions throughout the season on account of coming into direct contact with somebody with COVID-19, however that is the primary time many have been sidelined on the similar time.
It’s removed from the primary time Sidney has needed to cope with a COVID-19 shutdown, although. The Yellow Jackets had video games in opposition to West Carrollton and Fairborn get canceled earlier this season dude to outbreaks at these colleges however had been in a position to both add an opponent or reshuffle the schedule to not miss enjoying these weeks.
“We’re grateful we obtained 9 video games in, however it nonetheless doesn’t make it any simpler,” Doenges stated. “We made a dedication to our guys to get 10 or extra video games in all the way in which again in Could. So as to try this, we needed to ensure we had been doing it safely and responsibly.
“We obtained to some extent the place we will’t do it safely or responsibly this week, regardless of how a lot it hurts our seniors and Troy’s gamers. We needed to pull the plug.”
The Yellow Jackets, which were shorthanded in a 14-8 win over Vandalia-Butler final week, end the season 5-4. They’ll lose 15 seniors to commencement, a lot of which had been key gamers this 12 months.
“They’ve carried out an amazing job this season of simply specializing in soccer,” Doenges stated. “They weren’t apprehensive about different issues, whether or not it was COVID or photos or homecoming or no matter. They’ve been very narrow-minded with a concentrate on, ‘We’re simply going to fret about soccer, let’s go apply.’ They set a very good tone with that to get us by way of some powerful components of the season.
“I’m very appreciative of them for that, and that’s what I advised them at present. They’ve dealt with the entire thing effectively and so they’ve carried out what we’ve requested them to do. Sadly, we couldn’t get to the tip and get to 10, however that’s an attribute to our senior class that we obtained this far. They did an superior job.”
Sidney is the second Shelby County workforce to cancel a recreation on account of a COVID-19 outbreak this season. Lehman Catholic canceled two games and likewise had its season finale scheduled for final week canceled by Waynesfield-Goshen on account of a coronavirus outbreak.
The Yellow Jackets are additionally the fifth Miami Valley League squad to cope with an outbreak this season. Apart from West Carrolton and Fairborn, Troy was additionally compelled to cancel a recreation on account of an outbreak. Tippecanoe had an outbreak before the season started.
Troy hoped to restart its season on Friday. The squad hasn’t performed since Oct. 9, when it beat Columbus Franklin Heights 49-6 in a playoff recreation. The Trojans had a player test positive for COVID-19 a number of days later and shut down all actions for 2 weeks. They resumed apply earlier this week.
“It’s not straightforward,” Doenges stated. “My coronary heart goes out to our seniors and to Troy’s seniors. Hopefully (Troy) can discover a recreation and get another reminiscence of being on the sector.”
Sidney gamers run onto the sector earlier than a Miami Valley League recreation in opposition to Piqua on Oct. 2 at Sidney Memorial Stadium. The Yellow Jackets cancelled their Week 10 MVL matchup with Troy on account of a COVID-19 outbreak.
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