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South High School looking forward to fall season

Published: Aug. 21, 2020 at 8:49 PM CDT
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -More major high school sports are scheduled to start next week such as football and volleyball. The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) cut spring sports for the 2019-2020 due to concerns of COVID-19. In July, The WHSAA announced that fall sports would go on as originally scheduled. Although there may have been challenges putting together a fall season, programs around Wyoming appear to be looking forward to the opportunity student athletes have in terms of competing.

“Our goal needs to be to complete the season, that has to be our goal,” Cheyenne South Athletic Director, Mark Puev said. “The purpose really needs to be to get kids out. I think a lot of kids missed the experience last spring.”

Since the announcement of fall sports happening, programs have tried to find ways to keep student athletes safe during practice and competition.

“Not knowing if we were going to have a season or not, I just knew that if we just kept doing what we need to do here in open gym, checking in, hand sanitizing, sanitizing the balls, I’m just hoping that we can get through,” Cheyenne South High School volleyball coach, Cherisa Applehunt said. “As of now, we’re a week away and were ready to play.”

On August 12, 2020, Governor Gordon announced that outside events were allowed to have up to a thousand people, which would limit the amount of fans. Programs hope that fans and students will follow the rules, which gives athletes a greater chance to finish their season with out cancellation or cutting it short.

“There’s so many hoops we have to jump through to get this done,” Puev said. “At the end of the day, everything we’re doing is for the kids, that’s the bottom line.”

“The unknown is what we’re living with as coaches,” Applehunt said. “We’re just supporting each other and the girls are doing a really nice job just coming in every single day and working hard, and that’s all we’re asking right now.”

South outsider, Arianna Stensaas serves during practice.
South outsider, Arianna Stensaas serves during practice.(KGWN)

Football games for South are scheduled to start on Friday, August 28. Volleyball for the Bison is scheduled to start the following day on August 29. Both are going to be on the road, against Kelly Walsh.

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