Student athletes in Arlington and Marysville were busy preparing for basketball and wrestling.
Athletes will enjoy at least a start of competition during the winter sports season, which wraps up in early June.
“We know we’re okay for the next two weeks,” said Tom Roys, athletic director for the Arlington School District in an interview last week.
He was referring to the two-week pause Gov. Jay Inslee announced May 4 in Washington’s “Roadmap to Recovery.” The pause was announced due to Washington state’s fourth wave of COVID-19. Numbers appear to be leveling off, according to information from the state governor’s office.
The winter sports season moved to the last part of the school year because the sports played, basketball and wrestling, are higher risk in regard to the pandemic.
“It was our best opportunity for the virus to run it’s course,” Roys said.
Snohomish County remains in “Phase 3” of the state’s recovery plan, which allows for sport competitions in all risk categories and venues are limited to 50 percent capacity.
If Snohomish County is moved back to Phase 2, then basketball players and wrestlers will be allowed only to practice and train.
Currently, indoor sport venues in Snohomish County are limited to 50 percent capacity.
“We’re still staying with home fans on a limited basis depending on facilities,” said Rocky Verbeck, athletic director for the Marysville School District.
Roys said student athletes in Arlington will receive four vouchers they can give to parents and family to get admitted into games.
Most schools in the Wesco Conference are using some kind of voucher or pre-signup system for their home fans, said Don Dalziel, president of the Wesco Conference, in an email.
Games and matches during the winter sports season kicked off earlier in the week with more games scheduled, Wednesday. Thursday and Friday.
“Our number-one goal is to make sure our kids get a chance to play,” Verbeck said.
Games continue to be livestreamed. Marysville School District games can be viewed on its Facebook page. Arlington games will be streamed from the Eagle News Media YouTube page and Lakewood games will be streamed from the Lakewood School District YouTube and Facebook pages.
Wrestling takes place May 12 with Marysville-Pilchuck hosting Stanwood, Arlington hosting Marysville Getchell, and Lakewood hosting Everett. Girls wrestling season kicks off May 17 when eight Wesco schools in north Snohomish County compete at Lake Stevens High School.
Girls basketball sees Marysville Getchell hosting Cascade and Lakewood traveling to Everett May 12. Marysville-Pilchuck hosts Everett, Marysville Getchell hosts Glacier Peak, Arlington hosts Monroe and Lakewood travels to Jackson May 14.
Boys basketball has Marysville-Pilchuck traveling to Everett, Marysville Getchell traveling to Glacier Peak, Lakewood hosting Jackson and Arlington traveling to Monroe on May 13. Grace Academy also hosts Tulalip Heritage.
Marysville-Pilchuck boys swimming hosts Monroe onMay 14.