Five Hall girls basketball players test positive for COVID-19, games postponed

Several area teams affected by COVID-19

Five members of the Hall girls basketball team tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, causing the team to cancel and postpone games.

The Red Devils varsity game against Amboy on Saturday was canceled, while their Three Rivers Conference East Division games against Mendota and Newman this week have been postponed to February.

“This is a setback that we were hoping to avoid this year, but unfortunately we’re not the only team that’s been affected already this season and I’m sure there will be many other teams dealing with this as well as we try to navigate through this season,” Hall coach T.J. Orlandi said in a post on the team’s social media pages. “Right now, the most important thing to us is getting everyone healthy and feeling like their normal selves.”

The post said the players who tested positive will be eligible to return Dec. 13 if they are feeling healthy. It also said other girls who tested negative will need to have a couple more negative tests.

Hall is not the only area team affected by COVID-19.

The St. Bede girls basketball team postponed its game scheduled for Monday at St. Bede.

St. Bede athletic director Nick McLaughlin said he didn’t know how long the Bruins may be sidelined.

“We’re being precautious,” McLaughlin said. “We’ll hopefully know more Monday or Tuesday.”

The Mendota boys basketball team had to postpone games last week against Earlville and St. Bede and needed Hall to rearrange the schedule for the Colmone Classic to avoid the Trojans playing on Saturday.

Mendota will return to action for pool play games at the Colmone on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Hall boys basketball team was not able to play on the final day of the Seneca Thanksgiving Tournament because of other team’s COVID-19 issues.

The La Salle-Peru wrestling team had about half its lineup out for its Interstate Eight Conference opener Thursday against Sycamore because of COVID-19 protocols. The wrestlers are expected to return Dec. 11.

The Seneca wrestling tournament, where St. Bede and Mendota were scheduled to compete, was pushed to Jan. 8.