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While Cairo High School Syrupmaker football is cleared to get back to the practice field today, the school’s softball team remains out of commission due to the pandemic.
The softball team was last together on Wednesday, Aug. 19, and that is when one of the coaches had to enter quarantine for possible exposure. An Aug. 22 test confirmed the coach had contracted COVID-19, so all C.H.S. softball coaches and players are now on quarantine through Sept 3, according to Tom Fallaw, athletic director and assistant principal of Cairo High.
“We’re anticipating these breaks,” says Fallaw. “If you’re doing it the right way, you will have episodes where players will have to be quarantined and games will have to be rescheduled.”
The softball season lasts until mid-October, he says, so there’s time to make up missed games.
Football, though, may be more challenging to reschedule. Although the Georgia High School Association is allowing schools to reschedule football games, Fallaw says some teams may wind up having two games in one week.
The C.H.S. football team has seven players and two coaches who have tested positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks. The team’s two-week quarantine ended yesterday, clearing the way for them to return to practice today, Fallaw says.
The school’s first football game is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 4, at home against Fitzgerald High School.