North Country student athletes react to high risk winter sports postponement

WWNY North Country student athletes react to high risk winter sports postponement

WATERTOWN, N.Y. (WWNY) - If you play a high risk winter sport, you’ll have to wait a few more months to play.

The New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHAA) has announced high risk winter sports will be postponed until January 4, 2021.

High risk sports include basketball, ice hockey, wrestling, and competitive cheerleading.

Anna Spaulding has been cheerleading since she was three. For her, the end of November has always signified the start of a new season.

Until this year.

“As much as I enjoy playing sports and as much as it motivates me to get my schoolwork done, I know it’s to keep us safe and healthy,” Spaulding said.

At Immaculate Heart Central School, Julie Netto and Sarah Kamite are three-sport athletes, who have already lost their fall season, and last years spring season.

Both Netto and Kamite are hopeful for a basketball season, even if it’s a late start.

“You just have to be positive about it even though it’s upsetting. Safety’s number one, you’ve gotta keep everyone safe,” said Netto and Kamite.

While high risk sports can’t have official practices until January, some think open gyms are worth a shot.

“They still want to be together, they want to do something physically together. I know some schools had open gyms or intramurals, we’ll look at the COVID regulations to continue doing that,” said Immaculate Heart Central School Athletic Director, Tom O’Brien.

In the meantime, student athletes are still keeping a winning attitude.

“I just want to say, try to keep your spirits up. We’re in this together,” Spaulding said.

All winter NYSPHAA State Championships remain as scheduled.

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