STURGIS — Sturgis Brown High School has suspended soccer and volleyball schedules for the rest of this week.

“The reason for both of those moves are COVID-related,” Sturgis Brown High School Activities Director Todd Palmer said Tuesday. “We just felt like that was the prudent thing to do.”

Palmer added the aim is to maintain the health and well-being of Sturgis student-athletes, as well as student-athletes and fans of the visiting teams.

Story update as of Wednesday, Sept. 16:

By Jason Gross

Black Hills Pioneer

STURGIS — Sturgis Brown High School has suspended soccer and volleyball schedules for the rest of this week.

“The reason for both of those moves are COVID-related,” Sturgis Brown High School Activities Director Todd Palmer said Tuesday. “We just felt like that was the prudent thing to do.”

Palmer added the aim is to maintain the health and well-being of Sturgis student-athletes, as well as student-athletes and fans of the visiting teams.

Volleyball matches against Mitchell and Hill City have been rescheduled. A match against Rapid City Stevens will also need to be reslated.

Sturgis’ scheduled soccer games against Spearfish (Sept. 15) and Belle Fourche (Sept. 17) were postponed, but both have been rescheduled.

“I’m not at liberty to get into details on that,” Palmer said when asked  how many athletes are involved. He added, however, this is not a situation where an entire team was affected.  

Palmer said there was just enough of a presence that the school wanted to take a break and ask athletes to be mindful of keeping their distance outside the school to let things calm down.

Palmer said the school is following Department of Health and CDC guidelines with respect to quarantines.

“If someone is identified as being a close contact, they will be quarantined for the 14 days and could possibly miss a game or two,” Palmer added.

The school encourages coaches and athletes to undergo testing if they feel symptoms.

“We continue to monitor the situation with all of our programs and make decisions on each separate program depending on the situation,” Palmer said.

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