Penn Hills indoor track, basketball teams roll with covid-related schedule changes

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Sunday January 9, 2022 | 11:01 am


Amid another winter of uncertainty, the Penn Hills Sports Department is no stranger to changing schedules due to the pandemic.

Due to an increase in the number of cases at the University of Edinburgh, the Tri-State Track Coaches Association’s first indoor track meet, which was scheduled to take place last Saturday, has been canceled. The second meeting, which was scheduled for January 14, must still take place.

Penn Hills coach Lee Zelkowitz was disappointed with the decision but understood the change given the reasoning.

“They decided because they had had a lot of positive tests with their winter athletes that they didn’t think it was a good idea to raise some 700 children at the time,” Zelkowitz said.

Girls ‘and boys’ basketball teams have also been affected. The Penn Hills women’s team had several players out of practice, and they returned the day before a 47-33 loss to Franklin Regional on Jan. 4.

For the boys, the Penn Hills game against McKeesport on January 7 was to be played with a limited number of spectators. Indians players and cheerleaders were allowed a maximum of two guests per player.

Penn Hills coach Chris Giles said he’s not worried about a stoppage. The Indians have a 7-1 start this season.

“Our kids did a great job wearing masks and using hand sanitizer,” Giles said. “The problem is, these kids are working hard and not everyone will be able to see it. Hopefully it’s just a week or two weeks. These kids are working hard and we want everyone to see it. “

Zelkowitz was encouraged by the turnout of the indoor track team this season. The Indians have 30 athletes on the list of a mixture of disciplines within athletics.

“It’s a good mix,” Zelkowitz said. “I only have one pitcher, but I have a good mix of sprinters and middle distance people. Its good. We are very happy with this group of kids so far. We had a good month of training. They were disappointed that the meeting was canceled.

The Penn Hills Indoor Track returns its entire 4 × 400 relay team consisting of Larissa Lockridge, Mylah Faulk, Caroline McDevitt and Maliah Powell. Supreme Sanders, Roland Glenn and Cameron Thomas will also be there when the Indians return to competition.

“We can’t wait to be competitive and get on the track,” said Zelkowitz. “I hope there will be four more meetings plus the championships. Also, we’re going to go to Youngstown State and compete. They have a great trail at YSU.

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