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Eagle Valley High School goes remote as COVID-19 scraps BMHS football game

November 17, 2020, 6:09 pm

Editor’s note: On Wednesday, Eagle County Schools reversed its decision and reinstated Battle Mountain’s game with Eagle Valley on Friday.

Eagle County Schools on Tuesday put out the following press release on Eagle Valley High School transitioning to remote learning due to COVID-19 and therefore being unable to compete against Battle Mountain High School in the annual football rivalry game:

This afternoon it became necessary to transition Eagle Valley High School to remote learning due to staffing shortages caused by the number of staff and students out on quarantine. Consequently, the Eagle Valley football team is unable to play in this Friday night’s game against Battle Mountain High School.

Shortly following the notification that the Eagle Valley High School football team would not be available to play Battle Mountain in this week’s cross-county rivalry, Battle Mountain Athletic Director Gentry Nixon was able to slot in neighboring Summit County. Despite transitioning into the Orange High-Risk category at the first of the week, the last football game of the season is still allowed to play — without any spectators in the stands.

“We’re disappointed not to be playing EVHS, not just because we have a rivalry, but also because we know their team has worked hard and we hate to see them lose a chance to play one last game this season,” said BMHS Athletic Director Gentry Nixon. “We’re also grateful that Summit County was available so our two teams could finish off a difficult season on the field of play.”

The game will be played without spectators at 6:00 PM on Friday, November 20, 2020, at Huskies Stadium in Edwards.
Estimadas familias y personal de las escuelas del condado Eagle: 

Esta tarde nos fue necesario hacer el cambio de la Preparatoria Eagle Valley al aprendizaje a distancia debido a la falta de personal a causa de la cantidad de personal y estudiantes en cuarentena. Por eso, el equipo de fútbol americano de Eagle Valley no podrá jugar en el partido del viernes por la noche en contra de la Preparatoria Battle Mountain. 

Poco después del comunicado de que el equipo de fútbol americano de la Preparatoria Eagle Valley no estaría disponible para jugar contra Battle Mountain en la rivalidad a  campo traviesa de esta semana, la directora de deportes de Battle Mountain, Gentry Nixon, pudo conseguir partido con en el Condado Summit. A pesar de pasar al nivel naranja de alto riego el primer día de la semana, el último partido de fútbol de la temporada todavía podía llevarse a cabo, sin público en las gradas.

“Estamos decepcionados de no jugar contra EVHS. No solo porque tenemos una rivalidad, sino también porque sabemos que su equipo ha trabajado duro y nos pesa verlos perder la oportunidad de jugar un último partido esta temporada”, dijo Gentry Nixon, la directora de deportes de BMHS. “También estamos agradecidos de que el Condado Summit estuviera disponible para que nuestros dos equipos pudieran terminar una temporada difícil en la cancha”.

El partido se jugará, sin público presente, a las 6:00 p. m. el viernes 20 de noviembre de 2020, en el estadio Huskies de Edwards.
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David O. Williams

Managing Editor at RealVail
David O. Williams is an award-winning freelance reporter based in the Vail Valley of Colorado, writing on health care, immigration, politics, the environment, energy, public lands, outdoor recreation and sports. His work has appeared in 5280 Magazine, American Way Magazine (American Airlines), the Anchorage Daily News (Alaska), Aspen Daily News, Aspen Journalism, the Aspen Times, Beaver Creek Magazine, the Chicago Tribune, the Colorado Independent (formerly Colorado Confidential), Colorado Politics (formerly the Colorado Statesman), Colorado Public News, the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Colorado Springs Independent, the Colorado Statesman (now Colorado Politics), the Colorado Times Recorder, the Daily Trail (Vail), the Denver Daily News, the Denver Gazette, the Denver Post, the Durango Herald, the Eagle Valley Enterprise, the Eastside Journal (Bellevue, Washington), ESPN.com, the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, the Greeley Tribune, the Huffington Post, the King County Journal (Seattle, Washington), KUNC.org (northern Colorado), LA Weekly, the London Daily Mirror, the Montgomery Journal (Maryland), The New York Times, the Parent’s Handbook, Peaks Magazine (now Epic Life), People Magazine, Powder Magazine, the Pueblo Chieftain, PT Magazine, Rocky Mountain Golf Magazine, the Rocky Mountain News, Atlantic Media's RouteFifty.com (formerly Government Executive State and Local), SKI Magazine, Ski Area Management, SKIING Magazine, the Summit Daily News, United Hemispheres (United Airlines), Vail/Beaver Creek Magazine, Vail en Español, Vail Valley Magazine, the Vail Daily, the Vail Trail and Westword (Denver). Williams is also the founder, publisher and editor of RealVail.com and RockyMountainPost.com.

One Response to Eagle Valley High School goes remote as COVID-19 scraps BMHS football game

  1. Clives Stouski Reply

    November 18, 2020 at 10:07 am

    It is ridiculous that anyone would even consider football games during the peak of a global pandemic. Home school your kids and keep them out of the hands of these nincompoops.

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