WATERTOWN - The NVL’s High School fall sports season is officially over.
The fact that it got as far as it did was quite the accomplishment, but it was up against an opponent which in the end could not be out run.
“We got our season in,” said NVL president and Torrington H.S. athletic director Mike McKenna. “If you took a poll of my fellow athletic directors back on September 1, they would have said no way we’d have gotten to this stage of the season.”
Limping towards the finish line on the heels of a new wave of COVID-19 cases at several member schools, the bad news for local athletes, coaches and fans began to arrive on Monday afternoon when Watertown High School Director Paul Catuccio sent out a statement in which the league announced the cancellation of its’ cross country championship meet which had been scheduled for November 11 at Veterans’ Memorial Park in Watertown.
Still, there were the boys and girls soccer and girls volleyball ‘postseason experience’ divisional tournament games set for Monday evening, including a doubleheader at the Mills Athletic Complex with the WHS girls facing Torrington High School followed by a match between the Watertown and Wolcott High School sides.
The Indians’ volleyballers were to travel up Route 8 face Torrington High School in a first round Iron Division game, as well.
Those games, just before everyone was to take the fields and courts, were cancelled.
In making the announcement, McKenna said the decision was an difficult but necessary one to make in the wake of several schools already having opted out of the tournaments and some having already shifted their focus to distance learning.
Could the tournaments have been completed?
We’ll never know the answer, but McKenna said the well-being of everyone involved was the common sense route to take.
“The movement towards off-campus learning, coupled with the safety of of our student-athletes, with the uncertainty, why should we expose anybody to that kind of risk?,” McKenna added.
At the end of the day, no one with any common sense would do that.
Now we await to see what the fates have in store for the winter sports season.