B-ball, volleyball seasons canceled
By Julie Newell
During the fall 2020 semester LCC announced plans to have a basketball and volleyball season in the spring 2021 semester.
However, just before the winter break, LCC announced the cancelation of the basketball and volleyball seasons for spring 2021.
“From the start, the college has taken a people-first approach to keeping us all safe,” LCC Women’s Basketball Coach Layne Ingram said. “We knew it was a possibility that we wouldn’t have a season and ultimately that’s what happened. I think we all would like to have given our athletes a space to play, but their health and safety, as well as that of our coaches, is paramount.”
Due to COVID-19 still ravaging the country, LCC decided it could not safely have indoor sports at this time.
“With sports being canceled, it is difficult on everyone,” LCC Athletic Director Gregory Mallek said. “(It is) difficult for the student/athletes who many have come to LCC due to their recruitment to play a sport; difficult on the coaches, who have been preparing for practices and games; difficult on the administration who had to make the decision of canceling. knowing how it will affect all parties involved. But ultimately, as the college continues to do, (we) put safety first.”
According to Ingram, the student/athletes’ scholarships will not be affected.
“The great thing is that this won’t count against their eligibility here or wherever they move on to, and their scholarships were not affected,” Ingram said. “While we are all sad to not have a season to play, we understand that we are in the midst of a pandemic and grateful that the college has taken steps to keep us safe. My hope is that we’ll be ready to go for 2021-2022.”
Though the basketball and volleyball seasons were cancelled, there is still hope for the outdoor sports.
“So, we are now working diligently to do our best to make sure our outdoor spring sports – softball, baseball, outdoor track & field – all have seasons,” Mallek said.