LEMARS—The Gehlen Catholic High School baseball team will not be playing any games for 14 days and the rest of its season is in question after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Kirk Kronaizl, the coach of the Jays and the school’s athletic director, got confirmation on Thursday, June 18, that one of the players had a positive test. The quarantine was the recommendation of Plymouth County health officials.
“I’m still working on something for the players and parents explaining the situation,” Kronaizl said. “I haven’t talked to many of them yet, but this is a big blow. Frustration has been a big word around here.”
Gehlen Catholic is 1-2 on the season. It pounded Cherokee in its season opener, but then fell to Sioux Central and West Sioux.
“From what we’ve been told, the teams we’ve played are not in any danger because the close contact rules were in place,” Kronaizl said. “The umpires and the other teams were never in close contact with this individual, so they are OK.”
Gehlen Catholic’s softball team is continuing its season.
“Softball is still a go,” Kronaizl said. “The coaches and players were never in close contact with this individual, so they will keep on playing unless something happens that they can’t.”
The last contact the baseball team had with the infected player was on June 16.