KCHS to start winter sports Dec. 7

Kent County sophomore Alex Bellarin, right, is hoping to get a chance to defend his Bayside Conference wrestling title. As of now, winter sports at KCHS are scheduled to start Dec. 7.

WORTON — Kent County High School is moving forward with plans for the winter sports of basketball, cheerleading, indoor track, swimming, unified strength and conditioning and wrestling.

The first day of practice is Dec. 7.

“As of now, it’s all a go,” Athletic Director Kevin Taylor wrote in an email to the Kent County News on Sunday, Nov. 15.

It’s a fluid plan, Taylor acknowledged, and could change depending on COVID-19 metrics and school closings.

At KCHS, athletes cannot practice until they have a completed physical on file with the school. Also, they will be required to return with a signed COVID-19 form on their second day of practice.

Public health protocols established by the Maryland Health Department and the Kent County Health Department, including face coverings, must be followed.

The Kent County Board of Education approved a full slate of winter coaches at its Nov. 9 meeting. They are listed here.

Girls basketball: Jasmine Robinson, head coach; Tia Corsey, assistant coach; and Dawn Wright, volunteer.

Junior varsity boys basketball: Michelle Phillips, head coach; and Dominic Harris, volunteer.

Varsity boys basketball: Sobaye Scott, head coach; and James “Buck” Kennard, assistant coach.

Cheerleading: Jessica Arminio, head coach; and Elizabeth Rinehart, assistant coach.

Indoor track: Richard Shaw, head coach; and Henry Sabetti, assistant coach.

Swimming: Grayson Wise, head coach; Renee Bench, assistant coach; and Ruth Reed, volunteer.

Unified strength and conditioning: Christa Collison, head coach; and Laura Johnson, volunteer.

Wrestling: Chris Yiannakis, head coach; Taylor Moore, assistant coach; and Matt Jones and Mike Mench, volunteers.

Practice times and dates have not been set.

The Maryland State Board of Education on Oct. 26 approved a request from the Public School Superintendents’ Association of Maryland for local school systems, at their discretion, to begin winter sports on Dec. 7 — nearly two months earlier than initially approved.

According to a post on the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association website, as part of its Roadmap for the Return of Interscholastic Athletics and Activities, the first play date for the winter season is Jan. 4 and the last play date is Feb. 13.

Initially, the winter season was to start Feb. 1.

The earlier start for winter sports will allow for three separate seasons of about the same length before the end of the 2020-21 academic year.

The current plan is for the fall season to run from Feb. 13 to April 17 and the spring season to run from April 17 to June 19 — allowing for three weeks of practices to be followed by competitions for each season.

On Aug. 3, the MPSSAA postponed fall and winter seasons for the first semester because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.

The spring 2020 season was cancelled.

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