COVID-19 has proven to be a worthy opponent once again, despite the best efforts by Alaska’s football programs. Another cancellation attributed to COVID-19 will affect the Kenai Peninsula and Interior Alaska's opening week of the high school football season.
Friday night’s football game between West Valley and Soldotna has been canceled due to a positive Covid-19 player on the West Valley team. West Valley confirmed the cancellation on Friday.
Soldotna is ranked the top division two school in the state and second among all schools behind division one East Anchorage. West Valley is ranked as the third best division two school in preseason polls.
This statement from Kyle McFall, athletic director for Soldotna High School, confirms the cancelation:
Due to a positive COVID case on the West Valley football team, the JV and varsity games scheduled for Friday, August 13th at Soldotna High School have been cancelled. We are in discussions with the officials association and district administration about the possibility of rescheduling.
West Valley and Soldotna was the only game pertaining to Fairbanks that was canceled this week, but there were three other games that were also canceled due to the novel coronavirus. South Anchorage at Dimond, Kenai Central at Barrow, and Kodiak at Redington were the other games.
West Valley was scheduled to play in Soldotna.
The first football game in the state was played Thursday night between Monroe and Seward with Monroe winning 38-8. Lathrop, Eielson and North Pole were all still scheduled to play games Friday at press time.
The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is not currently requiring masks be worn in school. Monroe Catholic has mandated that their students wear masks as an independently financed school.
At this time, West Valley is scheduled to host Palmer next Friday at West Valley, head coach David Devaughn confirmed.
If teams have to quarantine they would have to be out 10-14 days, which is almost two weeks of a season.