Monroe-Barrow football game canceled due to Covid | Sports
The previously scheduled football match between Monroe Catholic and Barrow High for Saturday in Utqiagvik has been called off due to Covid-19 issues at school. At the moment, there are no plans to fill that date with a new opponent from the Rams, and the game against Barrow will not be made up.
Monroe’s Catholic athletic director Frank Ostanik confirmed the cancellation to the News-Miner.
Barrow High announced via its daily Facebook newsletter on September 3 that they and all other schools in Utqiagvik would close and remain closed until September 21 in order to “help contain the spread of the virus and protect our students.” The school is therefore unable to compete this week.
With this recent development, there have now been seven football games involving schools in the Fairbanks area that have been canceled or postponed for reasons related to Covid. This will be the sixth week of the regular season.
The season began when West Valley had to cancel their first game of the season due to several positive tests in the squad. Week two saw Eielson’s game called off due to their opponent (the Seward Seahawks) having positive Covid tests.
In week three, North Pole was forced to cancel their road game against Eagle River due to a positive Covid-19 test and contact tracing. The Patriots were supposed to play Lathrop in Week 4, but that game was postponed to September 25 in order to give the North Pole more time to practice when he returned. West Valley had to cancel their game against Chugiak the same week due to injuries and contact tracing, although no further positive tests occurred.
Then, North Pole’s match against Kodiak was called off due to two positive tests on the Kodiak team. North Pole head coach Mike Hollett said that with the game against Kodiak being a conference game, he hoped they would still be able to play. An update for this game will be provided when it becomes available.
Monroe was on leave last week on a previously scheduled bye. For now, Lathrop will host Kodiak at 5 p.m. Saturday while the North Pole will visit West Valley at 7 p.m. Friday.