Cloverleaf Boys’ Basketball Will Look Very Different in 20-21

   As the weather begins to get colder, fall sports come and go. Now, as winter quickly approaches, so do winter sports! It’s almost basketball season at Cloverleaf High School.

   Covid-19 is also something that is a factor this year. Schools are beginning to close as Covid cases are spiking across the state. Whether or not there will be a season has not been confirmed.

   “The team’s starters are really going to be different this year,” said senior center Nate Riley. “A lot of the team’s key players graduated last year. But we have all been playing together for years and we still have a great squad together.”

  Everyone on the team is a little worried about the pandemic and how it will affect the season.

  “Covid really is something we have to factor in,” said senior player Colton Sadowski. “I believe we will still play. The fans are going to be way less though. We will be lucky to be able to have our parents, especially with it being an indoor sport. No way we will have a student section.”

   Fall sports players were limited to two parents per family being allowed to attend. This also was outside where the spread is supposed to be less. With basketball being in smaller gyms, with less room, who knows who all is going to be able to attend, if any.

   The Colts are looking to build off of the impressive season they put together last year. For the first time in many years, the Colts made a respectable playoff run. Riley is the returning beast in the paint who led the county in blocks last year.

   Not only did Riley lead the conference in blocks, he picked up other impressive accolades along the way. The 6’6” center also took home a first-team all conference selection.

   Also returning from the starting lineup is junior Ashton Newton. Other players with Varsity experience include seniors Sadowski, Jake Trampush, Logan Tierney, Colin Andel and Kelly McMullen. There are a few juniors on the team as well.

   The Colts are going to be one exciting team to watch this season. Let’s hope that Covid does not ruin the winter sports season. Riley and the Colts are a force to be reckoned with.