Winter sports remain on pause throughout Vermont due to the number of coronavirus cases.

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Gov. Phil Scott announced on Dec. 11 during his press conference that high school and recreational sports throughout the state remain suspended indefinitely.

“Unfortunately we are still not in a position to announce restarting these programs today,” Scott said during his opening remarks. “We are continuing to reevaluate that decision based on the data and we’ll revisit this issue next week.”

Scott has been provided a weekly update on the fate of winter and recreational sports during his Friday press conferences.

The update to not allow sports to begin didn’t surprise Mount Anthony athletic director Ashley Hoyt.

“I think the recent news and cases being significantly higher than they were in the fall, everyone kind of expected the news today,” Hoyt said. “But it still doesn’t make you feel any better.”

Hoyt said the health and safety of everyone involved in athletics comes first.

“At the end of the day I think everyone from student athletes, to coaches, to even myself understand that we’re in a pandemic,” Hoyt said. “If the professionals and the people in charge think it’s not safe, it’s something we need to respect.”

Hoyt said that the Jan. 11 start date for games to begin at the high school level remains in place at this time.

“It’s certainly disappointing to be in a situation where the indicators don’t indicate that we can start up,” said Burr and Burton athletic director Dave Miceli. “We’ve got these athletes and the coaches who are raring to go.”

Miceli said through the downtime, BBA coaches are staying engaged with the athletes.

“Our coaches have been in touch with athletes through Zoom,” Miceli said. “They’re doing team building activities.”

Miceli wants to see the athletes back in action as soon as it is safe to do so. BBA coaches and athletes remain active, just in a different way since they’re not able to compete at this time.

“In some ways, this time actually gives coaches the opportunity to do things that they always want to do during the season, and sometimes feel like they don’t have enough time for,” Miceli said.

Michael Mawson can be reached on Twitter @Mawson_Sports or via email at mmawson@benningtonbanner.com.


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