Just when it seemed like we were approaching getting back to normal when it comes to COVID, we take a big step backwards.
The East Bay Athletic League basketball season started the week of Jan. 5, but over half the scheduled games were not played.
In fact, not one EBAL girls’ game was played during the week and half the boys’ games were sent to the shelf.
The Granada and Dublin boys both played last week, but it had been almost three weeks since they played a game. The Granada and Foothill girls also have been hit hard.
The Livermore high schools went back to school Jan. 3 and the athletic teams took some hits. At times the Granada girls’ soccer team had only 12 girls available to train.
With all the other schools in the EBAL returning the week of Jan. 10, it will be interesting to see if the numbers increase and more games are lost.
Wrestling was on hold for a while now, with teams returning to matches this week, and Invitations on Jan. 15.
Some areas – the Los Angeles Unified School District – have sent all sports to the shelf for the week of Jan. 10-14 in hopes of stopping the spread.
Having worked recently with Harvest Park Middle School intramural athletics, I saw first-hand how excited kids were to be participating in sports, so to see this hit again is devastating.
It’s not just the student athletes suffering, but the entire student body as you can see the level of excitement when the kids get to represent their schools.
I saw it during the fall sports with football and was really excited for the winter sports with the rocking gyms during EBAL basketball games.
Here is hoping we make great strides in the weeks to come, and we get all our teams playing again!
Amador boys’ basketball
The Dons jumped all over Livermore from the beginning on the way to a 69-45 win in their first EBAL game.
The key to the win was the aggressive full-court press the Dons used which in turn created a lot of transition opportunities.
Amador worked out to a 35-15 lead at the half with nine different players scoring.
Colton Cash had 12 points to lead Amador, with Tyler Cheng adding 11. Foster Keast had nine and Abe Tabatabian added eight for the Dons.
Former Amador soccer player needs help
Jason Maratsos is a graduate of Amador Valley where he played soccer and he was also a fixture in the Pleasanton soccer community before moving his family to Marietta, Georgia.
After playing for Amador, Maratsos went on to San Diego State.
On Nov. 21 Maratsos was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital after being diagnosed with Guillain Barre Syndrome.
Guillain Barre Syndrome is a rare condition that causes a person’s immune system to attack their peripheral nerves, resulting in partial loss of sensation, loss of movement, and even changes in cognitive ability and personality.
He has been on and off a ventilator and, though the prognosis is good, it will be a lengthy recovery.
Jason and his wife Jill have a pair of boys. Jill has been forced to change jobs to spend time at Jason’s side while still supporting the family on one income.
There has been a GoFundMe account set up under the name “The Maratsos Family Medical Support.” Their goal is $25,000 and as of Jan. 10, $10,925 has been raised.
If you are interested in supporting the family, go to www.gofundme.com.