COVID puts Cruiser athletics on hold

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

The Groveport Madison Cruiser winter athletic teams will have to wait until January before beginning competition.

The Ohio Capital Conference, of which the Cruisers are a member, recently announced that all league games are postponed until Dec. 18 in response to the Franklin County Board of Health’s Nov. 20 stay-at-home advisory. The advisory was issued due to the increasing numbers of COVID-19 cases in the county.

Dec. 18 is the last day of school before the Christmas holiday break.

Groveport Madison Athletic Director Steve Petros confirmed that the conference postponed the competitions due the rising number of COVID-19 cases.

“I don’t know of other leagues, but it is pretty standard, I believe,” said Petros. “I also know of leagues in the northeast corner of the state doing the same. The Ohio High School Athletic Association is not making a decision on this. They are making it a local decision.”

The Ohio High School Athletic Association has stated that school districts can choose to pause their athletic programs at any time due to the ongoing pandemic.

Petros said Groveport Madison is still planning on waiting until January to return to competition.

“We feel we would like to get through the two biggest holidays of the year, in terms of gatherings, before competing,” said Petros. “We think it is best for our kids and our families. Our administration, coaches, and families that I have spoken to seem to all be on the same page. It’s been great to see everyone come together.”

He believes the OCC is making the right decision to postpone.

“We believe a little longer of a break would be best, but we get to make that decision for what we think is best for our community,” said Petros. “Since we are conducting classes remotely, this keeps us more aligned with our strategy with dealing with COVID-19.”

Petros said teams will conduct practices in the mean time.

“We will start practices up on Nov. 30,” said Petros. “We like that the teams will be able to be in their own ‘pods,’” said Petros. “The impact on our players is that they may get a little tired of practicing and may be a little rusty once we get going. That being said, we will be so happy to have a season once we get rolling.”

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