Shelbyville Assistant Athletic Director Kyle Shipp said he is “feeling good” about the Golden Bears next football game, which is scheduled for Sept. 24 at home against Yorktown.
Shelbyville canceled its third consecutive game earlier this week due to low numbers within the program (COVID-19). A majority of the players who were out will return to practice Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Shipp said, as the Golden Bears look to get back on track.
SHS (1-1) has not played since beating Richmond 22-16 on Aug. 27.
“Positive cases of COVID-19 and contact tracing really hurt them to the point where it dissipated numbers,” Shipp said. “We could not field a competitive team for those games. We were down to about 14 players the last couple of weeks. We are getting a bunch of kids back (at end of this week). That is when their quarantines are ending. They will return to practice and start preparing for Yorktown. That is the plan – as of now. That is if nothing else happens.”
With football, it is unwise to plug in younger – or less experienced – players when needed. That is a quick way to get someone hurt.
“We were trying to keep our freshmen from playing varsity contests or having players in different positions for those contests,” Shipp said. “With football, it makes it a little tougher. You can’t just plug a guy in. All those things were considered and looked into... and looked into again. Everyone was trying their best to make things work. At the end of the day, the numbers just weren’t there.”
Aside from the football cancelations, Shipp said the fall sports season as a whole has been productive at Shelbyville. The boys soccer team did get hit but played Tuesday night in a competitive game against Mt. Vernon.
“Boys soccer was the next team that got hurt (with COVID-19),” Shipp said. “Hopefully we will get all those soccer guys back and healthy. They have an opportunity to compete for the HHC title with a bunch of conference games coming up.
“Girls soccer is putting together a nice season. They are trending in the right direction to end with a .500 record (or better). Our JV football team is 2-0, it will be interesting to see where they pick up. The cross country squads, they got hit a little on the boys side. But the girls had one of their best finishes in a long time over the weekend at the Whiteland Invite. Stefanie Howard was a semistate qualifier last year. Volleyball once again is putting together a nice season. They went to the championship game of the Miller Invite Saturday, which was hosted by Noblesville. Girls golf has really improved. They have a consistent five who has gotten better. Tennis is coming off a sectional championship. Aidan Asher (one singles) has a chance to make some noise in the sectional.”
With a new mandate released this week by the Shelby County Commissioners, SHS is still figuring out its plans and regulations for athletic events at the school. Shipp does not see fans being required to wear masks while attending outdoor events.
“We are still milling through those (mandates and regulations), that is what we have been doing the last couple of days,” Shipp said. “As of right now, I don’t see masks being required for outdoor events, but we are still milling through details for indoor events.”