Poland, NY - After a tumultuous summer dealing with the unpredictability of the coronavirus pandemic...
High school sports are back.
That is for low and moderate risk fall sports only which includes: field hockey, cross country, swimming, golf, and soccer. The NYSPHSAA pushed the start of the fall sports season from August 24 to September 21.
This afternoon Poland High School cross country, girls and boys soccer programs kicked off their first official practices of the season.
“(Things look) Much different. The kids are pretty good in spirit. They’re a good group of girls and I don’t see any issues with them wearing a mask,” said Jason Potempa, first year head coach of Poland girls soccer.
Players wore masks and when on the sidelines they socially-distanced.
Potempa says he is excited to get started with the reigning Class D sectional and state champions but is aware of the season's uncertainty.
“My expectations are high. We're hopeful that we’ll get to finish the season. Obviously we can't control everything that's going to be happening but the girls are excited, I'm excited. So we're glad to be out here,” said Potempa.
“I just have the expectation to play, honestly. I'm not really worried about what's going to go on with the games I just want to be able to have the games, playing them and be able to take part in the sport this year,” said Amanda Sweet, senior defender.
Sweet added that “she would be lost without it” if she was forced to miss her senior season.
Before games can be played, teams who have opted in to playing this season must complete 10 practices to be considered eligible for competition.