Local reactions on paused sports

Jordyn Reed
Updated: November 18, 2020 10:57 PM
Created: November 18, 2020 06:18 PM

(ABC 6 News) - Governor Tim Walz announced a four-week dial back to help spread the coronavirus on Wednesday night and among the new restrictions is a month-long pause for organized sports.

According to Executive Order 20-99, beginning Friday at 11:59 p.m. through December 18, "Organized Youth Sports organizations and programs must stop all in-person activities—including practices, group workouts, games, and tournaments."

Following the announcement, Sports Reporter Jordyn Reed talked with local coaches and a player about the decision. They were not shocked by the pause considering the rising numbers. However, they know that right now it's about metaphorically coming together and staying positive.

"All of our neighboring communities here, we are all going through it together, the more that we can band together...I think we can all get through this together," Nick Pocius, Kasson-Mantorville head boys basketball coach said.

Looking to the positives of the pause, "this will allow everybody to start up at the same time, we can re-organize our conference schedule and our games and hopefully get everybody healthy and back to a little bit of normalcy and get to some games here in late December early January," Byron Head Boys Basketball Coach Kyle Finney said.

For senior point guard Jakob Braaten, it's about keeping in the back of his mind that there will be a season and sticking to that.

"I'm going to stay hopeful that we have a season and that our players are working to get better during this pandemic," Braaten added.

Other area coaches echoed similar ideas knowing that this pandemic is all about the bigger picture. Jeremy Gunderson, Dodge County girls hockey head coach, said, "sports is just one obviously little segment, but the big picture obviously here is making sure our families and players are safe."

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