It's business as usual for Abilene ISD high school sports teams despite COVID-19 shutdown

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Abilene High's Jeremiah Talib (2) drives past a defender during Tuesday's game against Midland High at Eagle Gym. The Eagles, who won the District 2-6A game, play at San Angelo Central on Friday in a league game.
Abilene High's Jeremiah Talib (2) drives past a defender during Tuesday's game against Midland High at Eagle Gym. The Eagles, who won the District 2-6A game, play at San Angelo Central on Friday in a league game.

While Abilene ISD announced Thursday it was closing school through Tuesday because of rising COVID-19 cases, the high school sports teams will continue to play.

The Abilene High boys and girls basketball teams were to play at San Angelo Central on Friday night in a District 2-6A game, while Cooper was scheduled against Lubbock High in a District 4-5A basketball doubleheader. It’s the district opener for the Cooper boys.

Some teams, such as the AHS boys basketball team, got in an early practice Friday before going to San Angelo since school was closed.

“Everything is normal for us,” said Justin Reese, AHS’ boys basketball coach said Friday. “The only reason anything would change for Abilene ISD is if a team got COVID or something. We’re OK right now.”

The Eagles (8-15 overall, 1-1 district) got their first district win at home against Midland High on Tuesday. The Lady Eagles (5-20, 0-5) still are seeking their first league win.

The Cooper girls (13-11, 0-2) also are looking for their first district win after starting league play against No. 8 Lubbock-Cooper and No. 21 Lubbock Monterey. Lubbock High (17-8, 1-1) will be a tough opponent, too. The Lady Westerners are coming off a loss to Lubbock-Cooper.

The Cooper boys (13-7) were taking a three-game win streak into its game against Lubbock High.

The AHS boys and girls soccer teams are playing at tournaments in the Fort Worth area this weekend, as is the Cooper girls soccer team. The Cooper boys soccer teams is playing at the Stephenville tournament.

The AHS basketball teams play Tuesday at Odessa Permian, while the Cooper basketball teams are home against Lubbock Coronado.

This article originally appeared on Abilene Reporter-News: Abilene ISD sports teams still playing despite school closures

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