Coronavirus impacts area athletes

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 3/18/20

COVID-19 or more commonly known as the coronavirus has impacted the world of sports with the suspension of seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL) and Major …

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Coronavirus impacts area athletes

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COVID-19 or more commonly known as the coronavirus has impacted the world of sports with the suspension of seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA), National Hockey League (NHL) and Major League Soccer (MLS). Major League Baseball (MLB) has also cancelled the rest of spring training and delayed the start of the 2020 regular season.

Around these parts, events throughout the state involving Owensville area student-athletes have either been postponed or canceled.

Thanks to a State of Emergency being declared in Kansas City, the Missouri USA State Wrestling Tournament scheduled for this past weekend was postponed to a later date.

This means that Owensville area wrestlers Dylan Dietrich, Conner Roach, Landon Kramme, Brendan Kramme, David Levin and Aidan Schoen will have to wait for an unknown amount of time to finish their respective wrestling seasons.

Officials with the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) and Greene County, Mo., also had to make adjustments to this past weekend’s MSHSAA Class 1-3 Show-Me Showdown.

Each school was given 150 wristbands for their allotment of fans to attend the state basketball championships on the campus of Missouri State University in Springfield.

One former Owensville High School administrator felt this first hand.

Formerly assistant principal at OHS, John Fortney is in his second year as high school principal at Monroe City High School in northeast Missouri.

Also cancelled are NCAA winter and spring championships in all sports.

This also includes the NCAA Division II Women’s Tournament featuring Drury University’s (DU) Lady Panthers who were scheduled to host the Midwest Regional.

Seeing their season end at 32-0 following their fourth consecutive Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC) Tournament title, DU was led by one of three seniors who previously wore a Dutchgirl basketball uniform.

While Class 1-3 Show-Me Basketball Showdown was able to be played, MSHSAA officials made the decision Monday morning to cancel the Class 4-5 Show-Me Showdown scheduled for this upcoming weekend in Springfield on the Missouri State University campus.

Originally scheduled to end their season next Tuesday, Owensville Middle School volleyball saw their season end last week.

Matches scheduled for Monday night at home against New Haven, last night (Tuesday) at Union and next Tuesday at Steelville have been canceled due to new guidelines limiting public gatherings to 10 or fewer people by the White House.

Spring sports practices and games at Owensville Middle and High School have been suspended until at least Monday, April 6 when students are tentatively scheduled to return to school.

Below is a list of games and contests cancelled by the coronavirus.

Baseball:

• March 14 - OHS Baseball jamboree at Belle

• March 20 - OHS at St. Clair

• March 24 - OHS vs. Rolla

• March 24 - OHS vs. Union (freshman game)

• March 27 - OHS vs. St. James

• March 28 - FRBC Tourn. Finals

• March 30 - OHS at Salem

• April 2 - OHS at Waynesville (freshman game)

• April 2 - OHS vs. Newburg

• April 3-4 - Pacific JV Tourn.

Soccer:

• March 20-21 - Cassville Tourn.

• March 23 - OHS at Pacific

• March 24 - OHS vs. St. Clair

• March 26 - OHS at Union

• March 31 - OHS vs. Belle

• April 3 - OHS vs. Capital City

Track:

• March 24 - OHS at Montgomery County

• March 27 - OHS at Blair Oaks

• March 30 - OMS Quad at Dutchmen Field

• March 31 - OHS at Pacific

• April 4 - OHS at Washington Pentathlon

Golf:

• March 23 - OHS at Cuba

• March 26 - OHS at Union

• March 30 - OHS at Union

• April 1 - OHS at Union

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