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Raiderettes volleyball sidelined

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MOUNT AYR – Mount Ayr’s volleyball team is sitting out two weeks, starting Aug. 31, due to a positive COVID-19 test.

A positive test for Tabby Henle, which was confirmed by her mother on Facebook, put a hold to the Raiderettes’ season.

The stoppage to the volleyball season will end Sept. 15, with a scheduled home game against East Union. Until then, the Raiderette volleyball team is not allowed to practice, and are not allowed to go to school. In total, there are 17 girl on the varsity roster.

“Football season could get canceled tomorrow for any school. You just don’t know,” said Mount Ayr athletic administrator Scott Giles. “There’s always a concern, but we’re doing everything we can. We’ve got students wearing masks, keeping them six feet apart. We’re trying to do everything we can just like every other school is, but it can happen at any time, that’s for sure.”

Luckily, for Mount Ayr, there have been no players outside of the volleyball team who need to sit out an extended period of time due to exposure. The only Mount Ayr athlete known to the Creston News Advertiser to miss time was football quarterback Jaixen Frost, due to a relationship with one of the volleyball players.

“We heard about it right after lunch, and started on our plan and tracing to see who had been sitting beside the individual,” said Giles. “Then we started pulling kids out.”

Giles confirmed one additional COVID-19 case, but the student was not affiliated with athletics.

Going forward, Giles said no extra precautions will be taken at home events for Raider or Raiderette athletics and is hoping the community does their part in keeping everyone safe.

“We’ll try and stay the same,” said Giles on if restrictions or precautions will increase. “We started out – we thought – with a pretty good plan. Our plan is if you cannot social distance, you wear a mask. We’re not saying masks are required, but we are if you can’t stay six feet or more away from someone then put a mask on. We hope we don’t have to go where we can only allow each kid so many tickets to let family in to watch them compete. We’re hoping the public does their part, ... we’re hoping the community helps.”

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