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October 21, 2020

10/16/2020 11:30:00 AM
COVID issues impacting sports teams in region

High school sports teams have been trying to play through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but recent instances of positive tests are having an impact on some teams in the region.

The Marshall volleyball team was forced to shut down for two weeks after one of the players tested positive. Marshall has postponed all of its matches, dating back to Tuesday. That includes a scheduled match against Windom on Oct. 22 in Marshall, which has now been postponed.

Meanwhile, the first incident of a positive test on a football team in the region took place yesterday, when the Heron Lake-Okabena-Fulda team was notified that one of its players had tested positive for the virus shortly before the scheduled kickoff of its game with Hills-Beaver Creek in Hills. The game was cancelled.

The Hills-Beaver Creek football team was able to quickly schedule a game against Edgerton, which will be played Saturday afternoon in Hills. Edgerton had been scheduled to face Granada-Huntley-East Chain-Truman, but the GHECT program is one of three programs in Martin County that has not been allowed to participate following a recent surge of COVID-19 cases in the county. That surge prompted the Minnesota Department of Health to mandate that all high schools in Martin County move to distance learning, which also shut down the sports programs at those schools -- Fairmont, Martin County West, Truman and Granada-Huntley-East Chain.

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