POWHATAN - Blessed Sacrament Huguenot has made the decision to cancel its 2020-21 winter sports seasons, Athletic Director James Poore said Monday.
It’s been a tough year on everybody, and it was a tough decision to make, Poore added on Tuesday. But while COVID-19 case numbers spiked in the final quarter of 2020 and remain high in the early part of January, Blessed Sacrament Huguenot, a small private school in Powhatan, has been able to hold daily in-person instruction since the start of the school year without any interruptions. Schools throughout the state have been using virtual and hybrid instructional models.
“It came down to the fact that we’ve been able to have our students here in-person five days a week, and I think that’s been pretty valuable,” Poore said Tuesday. “That’s something we just wanted to continue to be able to do...we’ve been lucky enough. We’ve done that from the very beginning.”
BSH is also beginning to prepare for the upcoming fall and spring sports seasons.
The fall season, which will feature participation in football, cheer and volleyball from BSH, is tentatively scheduled to run from Feb. 1 to March 27 with the first play date slated for Feb. 16.
The spring season will run from March 29 to May 22. First play date is April 13. BSH competes in baseball, softball, co-ed soccer and girls tennis in the spring. All season start times are subject to change.
“We’re looking forward to the fall and the spring, and that’s kind of the direction we’re going in,” Poore said.
As far as the 2021-22 season goes, both the boys and girls basketball teams should be able to bring back most of their players who would have competed this year, and Poore noted that the three seniors across those two programs - Carson Conner, Henry Kiefer and Alyssa Shively - also play other sports. He added there are a number of players from the winter teams who will play in the fall and spring seasons.
Poore noted that they’re still working on the football and volleyball schedules, but when it comes to the outlook on competing in the remaining seasons this year, he added: “We’re extremely optimistic that we’ll be able to do those things, but you’re basically going day-by-day.”