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Dunkirk boys soccer slated to return Thursday after quarantine

OBSERVER Photo by Jay Young Dunkirk’s Nicholas Thompson attempts to keep Southwestern’s McKay Young from taking a shot on goal during Monday’s West Division boys soccer game in Jamestown.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated, noting that Wednesday is the last day of quarantine:

The Dunkirk boys soccer team has experienced a bit of a trying season this year as one of their teammates tested positive for the coronavirus.

“The whole team has to quarantine,” said Dunkirk Athletic Director Al Gens this week. “It began Monday and we are missing five games that we’re not sure we’re going to be able to make up or not.”

Gens shared any team that isn’t playoff bound has to wrap up its season by Nov. 5. After the quarantine, he said, the team will have three games left to play. They can return to action on Thursday.

According to Gens, boys soccer is luckily the only team impacted by this case; none of the other fall sports teams are suffering. “We passed everything along to the Chautauqua County Department of Health when it became apparent and we were mandated to have the whole team quarantine from Oct. 14 to 28,” Gens said.

When asked about the impact this could have on winter sports, he replied that there shouldn’t be any. “The first practice of winter sports is Nov. 30, this should have no bearing,” Gens said.

Winter sports present at the school this year includes wrestling, basketball, bowling, boys swimming and indoor track. Basketball and wrestling are both larger concerns for the district and the state of New York because they are high contact sports.

“We are all questioning the winter sports season as there has been some concern at the state level,” Gens said.

Superintendent Mike Mansfield was contacted and shared that this case should have no impact on the high school reopening plan. “We’re still on track and the quarantining of these students will be over before we look to reopen to a hybrid model,” he said.

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