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COVID-19 precautions halt area school activities

March 25, 2020 - 00:00
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The University Interscholastic League ( UIL ) put out a letter to all high school superintendents, athletic directors and coaches Mar. 19 explaining possible strategies towards completing all competitive seasons that have been halted due to COVID-19 concerns.

While the immediate future is unclear, several contingency plans are being developed that will prepare them for any possible outcome. “ We are urging our members’ schools and their communities to stay vigilant and take every possible precaution to remain safe and healthy,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt.

Local high school athletes chimed with their thoughts and concerns, and what steps they are taking to keep their bodies in shape during this unexpected off season.

Columbus High School junior Kaycon Wilson said, “ It’s frustrating, a lot of us were looking forward to competing, having fun and enjoying our seasons. But now it’s time to be smart and take care of our bodies.” Wilson explained the workouts his head coach and athletic director, Matt Schobel, sent them to do during this time included bench press , incline, power clean and squats.

Schobel shared his thoughts about this situation as well, stating, “ Like everyone else, we are just waiting. We are encouraging our kids to workout at home and make the best of a really bad and serious situation.”

As of now, all UIL activities have been suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak until Mar. 30.