Week One of Alaska high school football season impacted by COVID-19
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Week one of the high school football season in Alaska is set to kickoff this weekend, but the season is already being impacted by the ongoing pandemic before the ball has been placed on the tee.
Multiple games across different locations in Alaska have been canceled this weekend due to positive COVID-19 test results and protocols, school officials confirmed Thursday.
West Valley High School will no longer travel from Fairbanks to Soldotna to face the Stars, which was set to begin at 6 p.m. Friday. The Kenai Kardinals were scheduled to head north to visit the Barrow Whalers, while the Dimond Lynx and South Anchorage Wolverines were set to clash in Anchorage, both games scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday. Redington announced Thursday the cancellation of their week one contest with Kodiak.
The Dimond Lynx and South Anchorage Wolverines game will still be played, but will only count as an exhibition. Kodiak and Barrow have coordinated to play at Barrow High School Saturday at noon for an official contest.
According to The Anchorage School District Secondary Education Director Marty Lang, the students that tested positive have to quarantine for 10 days. Close contacts are considered to be people who were within 6 feet of the individual that tested positive for more than 15 minutes in a 24 hour period.
Close contacts that are not vaccinated also have to quarantine for the 10 day period, however athletes that have been vaccinated do not have to quarantine.
“We are not currently requiring any of our fall sports to do mandatory weekly testing. Any testing would be really at the discretion of families,” said Lang.
The Seward Seahawks and Monroe Catholic Rams are scheduled to officially kickoff the high school football season in Alaska when the two Division III programs square off at 6 p.m. Thursday in Fairbanks.
Remaining Week 1 Schedule as of publishing:
|8/13||Nikiski Bulldogs||Eielson Ravens||6 p.m.|
|8/13||East Anchorage Thunderbirds||Service Cougars||7 p.m.|
|8/13||Lathrop Malemutes||Palmer Moose||7 p.m.|
|8/13||Chugiak Mustangs||North Pole Patriots||7 p.m.|
|8/13||Wasilla Warriors||Houston Hawks||7 p.m.|
|8/13||Kodiak Bears||Barrow Whalers||12 p.m.|
|8/14||Homer Mariners||Eagle River Wolves||3 p.m.|
|8/14||Colony Knights||Juneau/Thunder Mountain Huskies||3 p.m.|
|8/14||West Anchorage Eagles||Bartlett Golden Bears||6 p.m.|
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