October 7, 2022 Local Stories in and Around St. Joseph, Illinois

SJO awaits guidance from IHSA

St. Joseph-Ogden High School is anticipating getting additional guidance from the IHSA today regarding the start of high school sports in Illinois.

“We went from zero to 100 in a hurry,” said Superintendent Brian Brooks. “We don’t have all the details yet.”

Brooks said one logical hurdle he sees is that every sport, besides cross country, would have to be offered by the end of June.

Athletic Director Justin Franzen said the district has not started working on schedules because they don’t know when the IHSA will allow sports to be played.

“We have really been trying to wait patiently throughout this whole process,” Franzen said.

Franzen said he hopes all of the remaining sports can be played.

“It is important to advocate for all of our sports and activities at all times,” he said. “For our seniors, I am so excited for them to have
a chance to put on their Spartan uniforms one last time in every sport. Once we know what all of the seasons will now look like from the IHSA, we
will be ready to make whatever adjustments we need to make.”

Franzen and Brooks said the students are very excited by the possibility of playing.

“Our kids have been patient for so long, and we cannot wait to watch them play,” Franzen said.

Brooks said the Illini Prairie Conference will meet on Friday to discuss scheduling and other policy.

So far, the conference has agreed that only home spectators will be allowed at events.

The current guidance allows up to 50 spectators at events. However, they have to be 30 feet from athletes. Brooks said that poses problems for events in the SJO gym.

“We could be looking at people just in the balcony and they have to be six feet apart,” he said.

Brooks also said that it is possible that the Champaign County Public Health District could say spectators are not allowed at events.

“Things can change in a moment.” he said. “There are a lot of things in the air, they are good problems to have. It is neat to see the kids excited about having stuff to do.”

Brooks stressed that just because sports are being allowed to start it does not mean COVID-19 is over.

“We have kids out right now with COVID,” he said. “If someone gets it on a team they will be shut down and if their seasons are short- you do the math. It could go from really really high to really really low very fast.”

The IHSA will release guidance today after 4 p.m.

Banner
Related Posts

Duval ‘proud’ of seniors and season SJO boys’ basketball put together

March 30, 2020

March 30, 2020

Playing in front of a sold-out crowd inside the St. Joseph-Ogden High School gymnasium, Ty Pence let out a loud...

Close matches highlight SJO volleyball’s opening week

August 29, 2022

August 29, 2022

The results of the first week of the season don’t determine how the rest of a two-month season will play...

Hamilton, relay team place first at conference meet for Spartans

May 2, 2019

May 2, 2019

The intensity of a postseason meet is right around the corner for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls’ track and...

Izard leads SJO boys’ basketball to Classic title

December 13, 2019

December 13, 2019

Defending its home court and winning its own tournament each season is always a main goal for the St. Joseph-Ogden...

SJO boys’ basketball stays unbeaten, wins Toyota of Danville Classic

December 7, 2021

December 7, 2021

The St. Joseph-Ogden High School boys’ basketball program relied on stingy defense, balanced scoring at times and its Division I...

Hamilton, Taylor spark SJO girls’ track and field at Sages Invitational

April 29, 2019

April 29, 2019

The regular season is winding down for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls’ track and field team. And the Spartans...

Buss, Cain spark SJO football to homecoming win

September 30, 2019

September 30, 2019

All it takes sometimes is one play. One big play, in particular. The St. Joseph-Ogden High School football team turned...

SJO boys’ track and field looks to build upon past success

April 2, 2019

April 2, 2019

Jason Retz is no stranger to success when it comes to St.Joseph-Ogden High School athletics. The sixth-year coach of the...

SJO football will need new opening week opponent next season

January 27, 2020

January 27, 2020

St. Joseph-Ogden is looking for a new opponent to open the 2020 football season. St. Thomas More announced on Monday...

Stegall, Mabry and rest of SJO boys’ cross-country team looking to make some history

November 6, 2021

November 6, 2021

A state championship in 1991. Another state title in 1992. And a third-place finish in 2015. The 2021 St. Joseph-Ogden...

Taylor wins twice for Spartans at Rantoul meet

April 10, 2019

April 10, 2019

The first big outdoor invitational is the season is nearly here for the St. Joseph-Ogden High School girls’ track and...

Roesch, Immke power SJO volleyball in latest win

October 12, 2021

October 12, 2021

Thanks to Kelso Heating and Cooling for sponsoring our sports recaps. The St. Joseph-Ogden High School volleyball team has performed...

Pence, Ingram lead SJO boys’ basketball off to superb start

February 19, 2021

February 19, 2021

After having the season delayed more than two months and then missingthe first week of the condensed season while dealing...

A field of art

October 17, 2019

October 17, 2019

Call it art in progress. The fans at St. Joseph-Ogden High School always take note of the painted field, endzones,...

Plotner’s dedication to cross country pays off

October 4, 2019

October 4, 2019

Jillian Plotner works hard every day to be the best she possibly can be. St. Joseph-Ogden Cross Country Head coach...

Comments
Leave a Reply