Delay of game: Lancaster to wait until January 4 on winter sports call

Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

by Lisa Hinton-Valdrighi

Although the Virginia High School League (VHSL) has given the green light to begin winter sports, Lancaster County is being cautious with a wait-and-see approach.

Lancaster’s school board decided on Tuesday, December 8, to delay out-of-season conditioning workouts until January 4. It will make a decision on whether to participate in winter sports on January 11. In making the recommendation, superintendent Dan Russell referenced a “criteria sheet” which spelled out specific guidelines based on COVID-19 transmission rates in the localities. The criteria requires certain levels in allowing for practice or competitions to occur.

Some 38 school divisions statewide, including Northern Neck District’s Essex and Westmoreland, have opted not to participate in winter sports.

According to Northumberland High School principal Dr. Travis Burns, winter sports tryouts and practices for basketball, indoor track and wrestling are slated to begin there January 12. NHS had planned to begin indoor conditioning this week, but schools in the county closed because of increased COVID-19 cases in…

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