Viral vacation: No. 1 WHS stays on pause until Feb. 10
District 11-6A’s DEC will meet this week to discuss what to do with postponed games
Waxahachie, the state’s top-ranked Class 6A boys basketball team, has to quarantine its entire team because of COVID-19 issues and won’t be able to practice or play games for two weeks, coach Greg Gober said last week.
Gober said that he tested positive for COVID-19 and missed last Tuesday’s 66-43 win over Mansfield Lake Ridge. A “significant amount of people” in the Waxahachie program have been affected by the coronavirus issues, Gober said, and the school’s boys basketball teams at all levels, not just the varsity, are being quarantined.
Cancellations and postponements have been prevalent throughout the Dallas area this season, but Friday’s game against Cedar Hill will be the first time that Waxahachie has to postpone a game because of COVID-19 problems in its program.
“It snowballed on us,” Gober said.
Waxahachie (15-2, 8-0) is ranked No. 1 in the state by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches and is No. 11 in the MaxPreps national rankings. Waxahachie leads District 11-6A by one game over Duncanville (ranked No. 3 in the state) and by two games over Mansfield.
Waxahachie could return from quarantine on Feb. 10, and the only game it currently has scheduled after that is Feb. 12 against DeSoto. Waxahachie would have to postpone or cancel games against Cedar Hill (Friday), Duncanville (Feb. 2), Mansfield (Feb. 5) and Waco (Feb. 9). Waxahachie also had an earlier district game against DeSoto postponed because DeSoto had to go into quarantine for two weeks.
Mansfield ISD athletic director Philip O’Neal, the chairman of the 11-6A district executive committee, said that the DEC plans to meet early this week to discuss what to do with district games that have been postponed. If those games can’t be made up, then O’Neal said the district has a plan it could turn to in which the winner of the first district matchup between two teams that have a game postponed would be awarded an additional win by the same score as their first meeting to give every team a 14-game record in the district standings for playoff seeding purposes.
So under that plan, if this Friday’s Waxahachie vs. Cedar Hill game couldn’t be made up, then Waxahachie would be given an 83-66 win for the postponed game because that was the score of its win over Cedar Hill on Jan. 6.
Waxahachie would have to play DeSoto at least once to make that 11-6A plan work. Waxahachie would not have much time to make up games when it returns from quarantine, because district certification to finalize each district’s four playoff teams has to be completed by Feb. 16.
“It’s happening so late, that when they return, it may be difficult for us to get all the games in that they miss, because we’re working on that short time frame,” O’Neal said.
DeSoto had four 11-6A games postponed before returning last Tuesday and losing 48-36 to Mansfield. Mansfield Lake Ridge also has multiple district games that could have to be made up.
Waxahachie is led by four-star senior guard CJ Noland, an Oklahoma signee who is ranked by 247Sports as the seventh-best player in Texas in the Class of 2021. Noland scored 31 against Lake Ridge last Tuesday, and he is tied for 21st in the Dallas area (all classifications combined) in scoring at 19.0 points per game.