Sports are back…under COVID-19 restrictions, of course.
Among SJC’s return to athletics, is the Varsity Girls Basketball team.
With the District of Colombia’s regulations, students cannot play or practice in the city. According to St. John’s College High School’s head coach Johnathan Scribner, the team has been training at both District Sports Center in Alexandria and Mary of Nazareth School in Darnestown, Md. Traveling these lengths is not ideal but it is the best solution for the athletes to be able to perform.
In an attempt to play as much as possible, the team has received “permission from the school to play under the SJC name,” Delaney Thomas ‘23, who is ranked twenty-fifth in the class of ‘23, said. Under the name DC Cadets, Thomas and her teammates have been getting their reps in preparation for the school season in which they have played two games so far.
The league is taking safety precautions during the games. Although there are no tests administered, St. Bonaventure commit Taylor Napper ‘21 said, “Coming into the building everyone needs to be masked up.”
In the first two games against Paul VI and St. Frances, the team is 1-1. These two games have had different procedures where during the game against St. Frances in Baltimore Napper said players had to wear a mask and were spaced out on the side of the court when they are not playing.
Filling out a waiver before games is sometimes necessary as well. Isabella Tanedo ‘22 said these regulations are fairly reasonable and understands that everyone’s health is a priority.