By CINDY CROSBY
Colleton County School District issued a press release on Monday Jan. 4 from District Athletic Director Wayne Alston stating high school and middle school winter athletics will continue in January, but spectators at all home contests would be suspended until further notice citing concerns over COVID-19.
The press release said:
“I wanted to reach out to everyone concerning the continuation of athletics for Colleton County School District. After consideration and much thought, we are moving forward with our scheduled athletic events, starting January 5 with the high school teams traveling to Hilton Head High School.
“In order to keep with our COVID-19 prevention protocol, we are suspending spectators at all home contests until further notice. We feel that this is what is in the best interest for our athletes, staff, and community.”
CCSD Athletics will livestream all home contests at Colleton County High School and will post updated scores for the Colleton County Middle School games on its website. “We will have security on hand at all home contests to make sure no spectators enter our facilities. Designated areas will be assigned to each school, so that athletes will be able to socially distance themselves from each other prior to and immediately following each contest.
“If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me in the athletic office at your earliest convenience. We thank you for your continued support in our efforts to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus.”
The Colleton County girls and boys varsity basketball teams were scheduled to travel to Hilton Head on Tuesday Jan. 5 for a Region VII-AAAA contest before hosting Bluffton High School on Friday Jan. 8. The Cougars went into Christmas break 0-3 overall following losses to Battery Creek High School and Woodland High School. The Lady Cougars are also 0-3 after two losses to Battery Creek and a loss to Woodland.