The Journal Gazette
Thursday, November 19, 2020 1:00 am

Virus surge forces schools to move games, limit crowds

Journal Gazette

A number of area schools announced Wednesday they have added attendance restrictions as Allen, DeKalb, Whitley, Steuben and Wells counties all entered the “red stage,” the most serious level of COVID-19 prevalence.

Carroll has announced that no spectators will be allowed at home athletic events, and the school will try to stream as many events as possible so that family and friends of athletes may watch at home. Fort Wayne Community Schools put a “no spectators” policy in place several weeks ago. 

East Allen County Schools will only allow one parent or guardian per athlete (including cheerleaders) to attend basketball games or wrestling meets. 

Angola will allow parents, grandparents and siblings of both home and visiting athletes to attend winter sports events. 

At Garrett, only parents, guardians and step-parents of athletes will be allowed at athletic events. Norwell and Churubusco will limit attendance to parents and guardians, and all spectators must sign in. Norwell specified that parents of visiting team members will be allowed. Whitko will sell only two tickets to each athlete that can be used only by parents or guardians. 

Noble County is still in the “yellow stage,” but East Noble announced Wednesday that only 400 tickets would be sold to each event in the gymnasium this winter and that they must be bought online ahead of time.

Meanwhile, more high school schedule changes were announced Wednesday. 

The Woodlan boys basketball scrimmage against Wayne, originally planned for Friday, has been postponed and will now be played as a regular season game at Woodlan on Jan. 5. 

The Eastside boys basketball scrimmage at Bishop Dwenger on Thursday has been canceled. 

Jay County boys basketball has had to cancel or postpone the scrimmage and first four games of the season, including the Patriots' ACAC opener against Woodlan, originally scheduled for Dec. 4. 

Snider wrestling has announced that the team will not be competing at Penn on Dec. 19, and the team is looking for alternatives to take the place of that meet. 

Fairfield's girls basketball game against Columbia City, which was to be held Tuesday, has been moved to Dec. 29. 

The South Adams girls basketball game at Parkway on Friday has been pushed back to Dec. 23. Saturday's game at Union City will be varsity only, so the varsity game will begin at 6 p.m. 

The West Noble girls basketball game at Angola on Saturday has been postponed, and the teams are looking for a make-up date. 

West Noble wrestling has canceled an event scheduled for Monday at Westview. 

Fremont, which has suspended in-person classes and extracurriculars until Nov. 30, will restart contests on Dec. 4.

In addition to the events that have already been canceled or postponed, the boys basketball game against Smith Academy on Dec. 1 and the girls basketball game against Heritage on Dec. 2 have been pushed back. Their first games back will be against Lakeland on Dec. 4 and 5, respectively. The wrestling team may begin competition at the NECC Super Dual at West Noble on Dec. 5. 

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