Coaches and players discuss Boys’ and Girls’ basketball during COVID-19


Madi Green

AIMING HIGH Shooting over Lowell basketball’s players, John Johnson, senior, Luka Balac, senior, scores a basket. With the end of their season approaching, the basketball team has high hopes. “Our goal is to be playing well while going into the sectional and hopefully win that as well,” Balac said.

This year of Boys’ and Girls’ basketball has been like none other, with games getting canceled left and right, the risk of catching covid,  not to mention barely any audience at games. 

“Having no audience at the games just feels weird,” Keith Kaszycki, senior, said. “It doesn’t necessarily make me less motivated, but it’s hard playing in an empty gym. We just have to create our own energy during the games.”

  Though boys’ basketball is still moving forward, the same isn’t true for the girls’ team. Due to one of the girls on the team catching Covid, their season has now been canceled. 

“With all of the Covid shut downs, especially the current one that took us out of the sectional tournament, I felt like it was a struggle all year long to get any continuity,” Coach Jim Davidson, PLTW teacher, said. “The girls worked hard the last month of the season after our first shutdown and were really beginning to play some good basketball winning 6 of our last 8 games and the first game in the sectional.  We finished 10-10 overall, but played a more difficult schedule than in past years.”

The boys’ basketball team is continuing on with their season, tackling game after game. In the first week of March the boys plan to take on sectionals 

“I was really proud of how the girls progressed throughout the season.  It is really a shame that our seniors did not get the opportunity to defend our sectional title from last season.  I felt like we had a really good chance to repeat as sectional champs,” Coach Davidson, said. “It was difficult having to tell the team yesterday that we were being quarantined and would not be able to continue in the tournament.” 

The Boys’ basketball team plays tonight at Andrean high school. While the  season is still ongoing, there are many stressors.

 “Some barriers are making sure our team is all on the same page, staying healthy as a team, and beating tough competition” Kaszycki said.