The North Olmsted Eagles football team was scheduled to start its abbreviated 2020 season this Friday at home against Southwestern Conference foe Berea-Midpark, but a varsity player’s positive COVID-19 test last Friday prompted the temporary shutdown of all football activities until Sept. 1

Once the positive test was confirmed, the school ended that day’s practice, informed the Ohio Department of Health and began contact tracing. The team is under a 14-day quarantine, and only symptom-free players will be allowed to practice again come Sept. 1, per a statement the athletic department emailed to parents and students that same day.

“We recognize the disappointment of these cancellations, but we will continue to follow the instructions provided by the Ohio Department of Health in order to keep our students safe and healthy,” school athletic director Mike Ptacek said in the statement “We would like to remind our families that it is important to self-report symptoms and-or test results in an effort to keep everyone in our school community safe.”

Game on

Area football leagues have already put together revised, conference-only schedules that will carry through Oct. 9. All teams will make the playoffs, and will also have the opportunity to play extra regular season games through Nov. 14, no matter how they fare in those playoff games. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Friday’s Southwestern Conference matchups include:

Avon at Avon Lake

Midview at Olmsted Falls

North Ridgeville at Amherst

In recently-booked non-league contests:

Westlake at Brookside

Brush at Lakewood

St. Edward at Massillon Washington

Due to enter the Great Lakes Conference next year and not a part of the SWC’s plan this year, Westlake is currently playing a completely revamped schedule and will travel to Brookside. New to the GLC, Lakewood will first host Brush in a non-league matchup.

Some members of the Great Lakes Conference, mostly based in Cuyahoga County, will begin their regular season Sept. 11. Notably, Fairview will play at Rocky River at 7 p.m. Not all GLC schools had made their season plans final as of production time.

Friday night futbol

Area soccer teams made their season debuts last Friday, kicking off a season that days prior was less than certain.

In girls action, the Avon Eagles beat non-league opponent Buckeye 4-2 and Magnificat dropped a 4-1 decision to Brunswick.

On the boys side, Avon battled Strongsville to a 0-0 final.

Raise the Jolly Roger

The Rocky River Pirates girls tennis team began its season last week, posting wins over Fairview (4-1) and Elyria Catholic (5-0), while losing a 5-0 decision to Hoover. Samantha Robertson and Becca Krebs each went 2-1 in singles play for the week, while second doubles pairing Scout Hahn and Hannah Burgess went 2-0.

The Pirates boys and girls golf teams also started their seasons last week, to great success.

The Girls went 3-0, including a 2-0 mark in Lake Erie Girls Golf Association play after victories over Keystone (209-238) and Columbia (118-219). The team’s returning leading scorer, Kate McKeown, medaled in every match.

The boys improved to 2-1 with wins over Holy Name (152-201) and Avon Lake (334-338).

Contact this reporter at sports@westlifenews.com or 440-871-5797.

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