Stress levels rise as coaches and players face obstacles from coronavirus
During his playing days at Thousand Oaks High and now as a head coach at Westlake, Kyle Kegley says he’s never missed a basketball game due to injury or illness, so understand his emotions on Wednesday night when his Westlake High team started playing the Marmonte League against Calabasas without him because of health and safety protocols.
“It’s stressful for everyone involved,” he said by phone Wednesday afternoon.
The coronavirus wave has wreaked havoc on indoor sports teams this week, disrupting schedules, forcing matches to be postponed or canceled and leaving rosters in flux. Besides Kegley’s absence, a top player for Westlake also missed the game. Calabasas was playing his first game since December 16 due to his own COVID-19 break.
Calabasas came away with a 63-59 victory behind Taylor Golden, who scored five straight points in the final minute and finished with 18 points, spoiling Jackson Hall’s coaching debut in Westlake. Marcus Lesser scored 20 points for Westlake (11-3). Gavin Murphy added 19 points for Calabasas (11-3).
Last year, when there was disruption related to COVID-19, at least most of the teams were on the same page. They were united to try to make the teenagers replay. This season it was supposed to be a return to normal, training and competing for a playoff berth. But with the resumption of classes for the spring semester this week, all is not equal.
Stress levels rise as COVID-19 imposes daily changes and daily assessments. This week, schools started limiting participation in the games. The hope is that this increase will be over in several weeks, but the most important moment in determining playoff spots comes in January for basketball.
“I’m like everyone else – facing chaos,” Kegley said.
The San Diego Unified School District announced it was suspending all non-essential, off-season activities – weightlifting, baseball and softball – for three weeks and requiring mandatory vaccinations for all athletes.
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King / Drew 72, Cathedral 70: Kalib LaCount scored 38 points in the overtime victory, sending King / Drew into the Championship game against Westchester of the Huntington Park tournament.
Venice 61, Birmingham 58: The Gondoliers won the tournament in San Fernando Valley behind Tyler Hunt, who scored 22 points. Tyson Jackson led Birmingham with 18 points.
Santa Margarita 51, JSerra 42: The Eagles (12-0) went undefeated in their first Trinity League game. Jake Heberle finished with 16 points. Kyle Evans had 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Simi Valley 91, Moorpark 69: Angel Navarro made six threes and finished with 31 points.
Sherman Oaks Notre-Dame 66, Crespi 41: Dusty Stromer had 18 points and 11 rebounds in a Mission League opener. Mason Dorsey scored 14 points for Crespi.
Los Altos 54, Diamond bar 35: Jazz Gardner had his fifth triple-double of the season with 21 points, 12 rebounds and 10 blocks.
Tesoro 69, Mission Viejo 41: Carson Brown scored 30 points for 16-3 Tesoro.
Dominguez 84, Warren 54: Franklyn Chambers had 30 points for Dominguez.
Centenary of Crown 79, King 56: Devin Williams scored 22 points and Donovan Dent 20 for the No. 1 ranked Huskies (14-1).
Servite 3, Lutheran Orange 1: The Friars started playing in the Trinity League with a victory behind Eddie Villeda, who scored two goals.
Moorpark 6, Simi Valley 1: The Musketeers are 10-0.