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Colorado City, Haskell latest Big Country schools to suspend workouts

Stephen Garcia
Abilene Reporter-News
Published 4:50 PM EDT Jun 29, 2020

Colorado City and Haskell became the latest Big Country schools to suspend strength and conditioning workouts in response to the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Texas.

C-City and Haskell paused workouts until July 13, making seven Big Country schools on hiatus. Big Spring and Winters each canceled part of their workouts last week but resumed Monday.

Haskell football coach Brian Hodnett instructs players during practice Nov. 20, 2018. The Indians were preparing for a second-round playoff against Wheeler.
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The only known positive case of COVID-19 among Big Country students and staff is a female athlete at Jim Ned, the school announced Saturday. That triggered Abilene ISD and Wylie’s decisions to suspend girls workouts until July 13. AISD and Wylie boys basketball teams will be off during that time as a similar precaution.

Coahoma and Stamford are tentatively set to return July 6. Stamford athletic director Ronnie Casey said Sunday he will monitor the situation throughout the week. Hawley and Roscoe plan to resume workouts July 13.

Jim Ned suspended boys workouts until July 8, while girls will be out until July 13.

In a social media post Sunday afternoon, Haskell announced its decision “based on the growing number of families and kids exposed to COVID-19.”

“Our goal is to slow the spread and hopefully get the school year started on time,” Haskell AD Brian Hodnett said. “Please help us and do your part to stay healthy.”

C-City athletic director Dan Gainey confirmed Monday the school had no COVID-19 cases. With three UIL “no activity” days in the coming two weeks, Gainey figured it was a good time to pause workouts.

Colorado City coach Dan Gainey, left, and Anson coach Chris Hagler meet before the teams’ football scrimmage Friday, Aug. 16, 2019, at Tiger Stadium in Anson.
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“There’s too many cases kind of blowing up around us,” Gainey said. “Too many kids traveling around…We had three good weeks (of workouts).”

Like many in the area, C-City’s July 13 return is tentative. Gainey said he should have a better idea as the date nears. The rising number of cases in the Big Country is concerning, he said.

“If today was August 3, they wouldn’t have let us work out,” Gainey said. “I’ve not felt yet that at any point in time that we would probably be business as usual at the start…Right or wrong, most of the schools around us have already kind of wrapped it up for a bit.

“I just thought it might be time to just put a halt and see where we end up here in two weeks.”

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