OTTUMWA, IA – The Ottumwa Lady Bulldogs basketball team will have to wait a few weeks before potentially beginning their season on the hardwood. In a release Tuesday morning, Ottumwa Schools announced that due to positive COVID-19 cases, Ottumwa High School is pausing all girls’ basketball activities through Monday, November 30. As a result of pausing team activities several scheduled games have been postponed:
November 19 scrimmage vs. Knoxville
November 30 @ Mt. Pleasant
December 1 @ Ankeny
December 4 vs. Ames
No makeup dates/times have been announced at the time of this release. An originally scheduled girl-boy doubleheader at Fairfield December 8 was already postponed by the Fairfield administration as well. At this time, Ottumwa boys basketball is not affected.
Ottumwa Girls Basketball Head Coach Joe VandenBerg confirmed with Ottumwa Radio that two players and one coach tested positive for the virus. Currently, 11 of the 18 teams in the Central Iowa Metro League cannot begin their basketball season due to some COVID-19 concern. According to multiple reports from Des Moines area news outlets, the Conference has asked the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union and Iowa High School Athletic Association to postpone the start of the Winter athletics season to January 4.
Both organizations issued a joint statement on the matter, saying, “members of the CIML may continue to suspend activities as they see fit in their school districts and in accordance with State of Iowa and Department of Education guidance.”