By Randy Arrington
LURAY, Jan. 13 — Just after noon on Wednesday, Luray High School Athletic Director Don Ehlers sent out an email that announced the cancellation and/or postponement of all LHS varsity basketball games — both girls and boys — until Wednesday, Jan. 27.
The schedule changes appear to be based on the quarantine and/or isolation of some LHS players, who may have been in contact with someone who has been diagnosed with COVID-19.
“Per our health mitigation strategies and protocols, as we make decisions regarding isolation/quarantine we also make athletic decisions as a result,” Ehlers said in response to a Page Valley News‘ inquiry about the nature of the schedule changes.
LHS has already rescheduled its early basketball games on two occasions and has only been able to play two games so far in the Bull Run District. With the Bulldogs’ season currently set to restart on Jan. 27 — and currently scheduled to end on Feb. 5 — there may be issues with either Luray basketball team qualifying for the postseason.
“We will resume already scheduled games on Jan. 27, 2021,” the LHS athletic director stated. “We will not get all of our games in because of the region deadline. It could have an effect on advancing to the postseason.”
The LHS girls basketball team pauses their 2021 season at 2-0 after wins over Strasburg (40-29) and Stonewall Jackson (49-33). Last year’s Group AA state runner-up is hoping they will be able to piece together a season and qualify for the postseason, but it seems like a daunting task given today’s schedule changes. LHS is currently tied for the top spot in the Bull Run District with undefeated Madison County (3-0).
The Bulldogs’ boys basketball program starts off 0-1 after a 54-49 loss to Stonewall Jackson on Saturday.
Currently, middle school and junior varsity basketball games for LHS and Luray Middle School remain as scheduled.
Schedules for VHSL events for both Luray and Page County High School may be found under the “Calendar” prompt on the Bull Run District website.