COVID-19 disrupts St. Cecilia homecoming

COVID-19 shut down St. Cecilia's homecoming game against Sandy Creek.
COVID-19 shut down St. Cecilia's homecoming game against Sandy Creek.(Ben Brady)
Published: Oct. 16, 2020 at 5:00 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - Hastings St. Cecilia Friday joined a growing list of Nebraska schools forced to make difficult decisions because of COVID-19.

Friday afternoon the school announced that the homecoming football game against Sandy Creek and an associated tailgate party were canceled. The homecoming dance had been canceled earlier due to health concerns. The king and queen coronation was postponed until next Tuesday night after the volleyball game.

The school also had to cancel two Saturday events, a youth volleyball tournament and an annual fundraising appeal kick-off event.

The school made the decision after learning that several players and coaches were out with the virus.

The school and head coach Clint Head released this statement Friday afternoon:

"Father Brouillette and St. Cecilia Football Family,

This has been a very challenging time for all of us over the last several weeks. After seeing the number of students and coaches on the football team out due to COVID-19, and speaking with the coaches about numbers and player safety, we have fallen below the threshold numbers for which we are able to compete safely. Therefore, tonight’s game is being cancelled. This is an extremely difficult decision but ultimately the safety of our players, families, and community are of the utmost importance. I pray for your understanding in these difficult times and know that we have been truly blessed for the time that we have been on the field this season."

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