The writing might’ve been on the wall, after Ketchikan bumped up from ‘moderate’ to ‘high’ risk levels for the novel coronavirus on Thursday morning. But Juneau-Douglas High School confirmed Thursday afternoon that the Lady Crimson Bears won’t be traveling to Ketchikan High School for their two-game basketball series against the Lady Kings this weekend.
In addition to Ketchikan’s risk level, two students in the Juneau School District have tested positive for the coronavirus, including a basketball player who played in a game between Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools last week, according to the KTOO radio station in Juneau, and basketball teams at both Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain are quarantining.
The girls’ games on Friday and Saturday have officially been canceled. Juneau is currently at a “moderate” risk level.
With Ketchikan’s jump in risk levels, which was accompanied by the Ketchikan School Board approving an increase in the school district’s Smart Start level, Kayhi moves to 50% in-school learning, which still allows for high school athletics and activities to take place but without spectators. With 100% in-person learning, Kayhi is allowed a limited number of spectators at home games.
Should Ketchikan bump up to the ‘very high’ risk level, and school moves strictly online, Kayhi athletics and activities will stop completely — meaning basketball games and practices will come to an abrupt halt. As of now, teams still can hold practices and meetings. Kayhi will move to 50% in-school learning on Friday.
The Lady Kings played the Lady Crimson Bears during their four-game trip in Juneau to open the season in January. Kayhi swept the series with Juneau-Douglas, and finished the trip 3-1 after splitting a pair with the Thunder Mountain High School Lady Falcons.
The Lady Falcons are currently scheduled to visit Kayhi on Feb. 19-20, as part of the Lady Kings’ five-week homestand during this abbreviated season. However, the community’s risk level, as well as the Smart Start level, will continue to dictate how the rest of the basketball season plays out.
After last weekend’s sweep over the Sitka High School Lady Wolves, the Lady Kings sit at 5-1.
The Lady Kings are currently scheduled to host Mt. Edgecumbe High School on Feb. 12-13.
Kings’ plans voided
The Kings were already scheduled to have a bye week this weekend, but there was the possibility of the Mt. Edgecumbe Braves traveling to Ketchikan to play the boys’ team. Those plans were voided, however, with the change of risk levels.
The Kings are currently scheduled to host the Thunder Mountain Falcons next weekend.