County returns to orange as football and volleyball get shutdown for the year


BUCKHANNON – Upshur County returned to orange on the state’s COVID-19 map this past Saturday meaning that Buckhannon-Upshur athletic teams can’t compete this week.

This is the fourth week out of the last five that B-U and B-UMS athletic teams could not compete because of the county being orange.

The news was especially disappointing for the volleyball team who was to begin sectional play this week (see story on right).

The football team also lost a junior varsity contest and their season-finale with rival Elkins.

B-U head football coach Duane Stoeckle was also hoping to add another contest to the season following the Elkins game based on the WVSSAC decision to let non-play-off teams add a game at the conclusion of the season if they hadn’t played 10 games.

According to Stoeckle, that will no longer happen.

“Unfortunately going orange this week ends our season,” remarked Stoeckle. “It is very sad and disappointing that we lost long-played rivalry games with both Lewis County and now Elkins this season.”

The disruption of games this week basically concluded the fall season for all teams at Buckhannon-Upshur with the exception of the cheerleading squad.

Because they are a non-contact sport, they are still slated to compete in their regional meet this Saturday at Wheeling Park High School.

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