KETCHIKAN (KDN) — The Eagle River High School Wolves’ fall sports season is effectively over.
According to a letter sent out by the Anchroage School District to ERHS families, student athletes from at least five sports and activities attended a “private social event” on Oct. 3, and “mulitple players or participants” have tested positive for the novel coronavirus or are “identified as close contacts.”
The party has forced the high school’s activities to undergo a 48-hour shutdown, effective immediately, making the Wolves’ forfeit their state championship competitions in football, tennis and cross country this weekend.
The letter says the shutdown is necessary to “further investigate the full scope of the potential exposure to staff and students.”
In addition to the 48-hour stand-down, the entire Eagle River varsity football team must undergo a 14-day quarantine. A member of the program tested positive.
The letter says the district will reassess the situation on Monday, and look to decide when sports and activities for Eagle River can resume.
The Wolves football team was scheduled to play Soldotna High School in the Division II state semifinal on Oct. 17. The 14-day quarantine voids that matchup, and opens a clear path for the defending state champion Soldotna Stars to return to the state title game on Oct. 24.
The Wolves’ football team also will forfeit its final game of the season against East Anchorage on Saturday. According to both MaxPreps.com and ASAA’s website, Eagle River’s football team played just three games this season, and finished the year 2-1.
On Friday, Eagle River’s tennis team was dropped from the Cook Inlet Conference championships, according to the Anchorage Daily News, and will not be able to participate in the state tournament on Saturday at Alaska Club East in Anchorage
Eagle River cross country runners also won’t be able to participate in the state meet on Saturday at Kincaid Park in Anchroage.
According to the Anchorage Daily News, several sports at mulitple schools in Anchorage have had to be in quarantine thus far this school year — and it’s barely a month and a half into the school year. The Anchorage School District began a phased reopening in late August, and currently does remote learning only.
The Dimond High School varsity football team has had to undergo quarantine, as have “numerous C-team volleyball squads and tennis players from four schools,” according to the newspaper.
Anchorage health officials also are investigating a number of coronavirus infections connected to a youth hockey tournament from Oct. 2-4, which more than 300 people attended, according to the Anchorage Daily News.
The Anchorage municipality continues to be a hotbed for COVID-19 cases. As of Friday, it has had 5,138 cases since the pandemic began in March.