Sports silenced at Highland, Lone Tree

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The athletic programs at Lone Tree and Highland High Schools are shut down into December due to both school districts moving to online learning models.

Lone Tree and Highland join a growing number of school districts in the state that have applied for two week online periods, which per state orders, also prohibit extracurricular activities during the time a school district is in the full online model.

Lone Tree was scheduled to go fully online Nov. 30, but a low number of unspecified COVID-19 positive cases last week and the required contract tracing led to quarantines that affected students in athletics. Lone Tree’s girls basketball season opener this past Friday at Keota was canceled less than an hour before tipoff.

Highland’s athletic teams are already temporarily shut down because Highland schools are in an online learning mode until December 2. At that point, the school could apply to the state for another two-week online waiver or return to in-school classes.

The Huskies are scheduled to play a girls-boys basketball doubleheader at Winfield-Mt. Union on Dec. 4. The wrestling team has a Dec. 3 date at West Branch.

Lone Tree’s online learning will go from Nov. 30 to Dec. 11.

The girls and boys basketball teams are scheduled to play at Wapello on Dec. 15.

While online learning is in place, none of the athletic teams are permitted to practice or play, per state order.

When the current online periods end, the school districts have the option of applying for an extension of online learning.

More than 20 schools have opted for online learning, including Iowa City, which has had more than 100 students test positive for the coronavirus.

Mid-Prairie has not missed any competition yet, but its scheduled Dec. 1 boys basketball opener at West Liberty was postponed by West Liberty. The Golden Hawks will instead play at Williamsburg on Dec. 1 in both boys and girls basketball, moving a game that was scheduled for January.

Mid-Prairie’s wrestling team is scheduled to be at Wapello on Dec. 1.

Hillcrest Academy’s boys basketball team opens its season on Dec. 1 with a home game against Mediapolis.

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