S-0 Baseball 2020

SIBLEY—The coronavirus has ended one N’West Iowa team’s season early.

Sibley-Ocheyedan announced Friday, July 10, that its baseball team had a player test positive for COVID-19. The squad would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days, but with the first round of the Class 2A District tournament scheduled to start today, that means the Generals’ season is over.

“We are glad that the boys were able to play a part of their season, and are extremely saddened the virus has taken away more of their season than it already had,” it stated in a news release issued by Sibley-Ocheyedan activities director Amie Elser and superintendent James Craig. “The team represented us well on the field this summer, we are proud of the coaches and student-athletes, and we thank the parents and community for their support.”

The Generals are the second team in the region to have their season affected by COVID-19. Gehlen Catholic played three games before having to quarantine for two weeks because of a positive test. The Jays returned to action on Monday.

Iowa High School Athletic Association communications director Chris Cuellar said Thursday, July 9, that only two teams — West Des Moines Dowling Catholic and Storm Lake St. Mary’s — had officially pulled out of the tournament at that point. However, he noted he expected more to be announced this weekend.

One of those will likely be sidelined soon is Class 3A seventh-ranked Sioux City Heelan, which announced on Thursday it has a player with the virus. Heelan officials said a decision on if the whole team will be quarantined will be made on Monday.

Cuellar said eight other teams have missed games due to the virus at some point this season, but have since returned.

According to Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union executive director Jean Berger, there have been 13 softball squads that have been hit by the virus. Six of those teams were hit early enough that their quarantine is over or will be by the time regional tournament play begins. Seven teams have announced they are out of the postseason.