COVID precautions idle No. 1 WHS

Runnin’ Indians stay atop district with road victory, but season on hold

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Waxahachie's CJ Noland slams home a dunk during an area-round playoff game against Coppell last March. Noland, an Oklahoma signee, has been voted the Most Valuable Player in District 11-6A.

MANSFIELD — The absence of their head coach Tuesday night due to COVID-19 precautions appears to have been a harbinger of things to come for the Waxahachie Runnin’ Indians.

Despite missing head coach Greg Gober, who was quarantining at home due to contact tracing, the Runnin’ Indians kept a firm grip on their Class 6A No. 1 ranking and the District 11-6A lead with a 66-43 victory over Mansfield Lake Ridge.

But on Thursday, the team was forced into shutting down the boys’ program — varsity, junior varsity and freshman — until Feb. 9 because of health and safety protocols.

The Indians (16-2, 8-0) had been scheduled to welcome Cedar Hill to Mike Turner Gymnasium on Friday night, but that game has been officially postponed, according to the team. Tuesday night’s showdown against No. 3 Duncanville at MKT also will be postponed, as well as a Feb. 5 contest at No 21 Mansfield High. It’s possible the team could come out of quarantine on Feb. 9 in time to take on Waco that night.

The regular season is scheduled to end Feb. 12 against DeSoto. Any decision on make-up games is yet to be determined.

Gober‘s son, assistant coach Colten Gober, took over and coached the Indians to the win on Tuesday night. Colten Gober, who has been on staff since his father was named WHS head coach in 2017, had also been set to coach the Tribe Friday night against Cedar Hill.

CJ Noland led the Runnin’ Indians with 31 points, 18 of which came in the first half. Jalen Lake added 14 points, Montez Young 13, Prince Banks five and V’Zarion Roberson three to round out the WHS scoring.

WHS trailed early, but ended the first quarter on a 12-1 run for a 19-15 lead and went on to a 30-21 halftime advantage. A pair of Noland 3-pointers helped bump the margin to 15 points at the end of three, then the Tribe put the game to bed with an 8-0 run to start the fourth.

Girls rescheduled

The Lady Indians’ game against Mansfield Lake Ridge on Wednesday was postponed but was scheduled to be made up on Friday evening at Mike Turner Gymnasium.

The Lady Indians (7-13, 4-6) will travel to Cedar Hill for a 1:30 p.m. Saturday matinee and will travel to 6A No. 3-ranked Duncanville on Tuesday night.