Uvalde High athletes continue online workouts

James Volz

Sports editor

With the end of the spring school year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Uvalde High School athletes will continue conducting virtual online workouts.

“We will continue to do the online workouts until we are allowed to go back to in-person training,” said UHS athletic director and head football coach R.T. Gonzales.

Last week, the University Interscholastic League announced that the remainder of the spring high school sports season was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Besides the spring sports, one other casualty of the end of the spring sports season was the UHS All-Sports Banquet annually scheduled for May.

Though there will be no banquet this season, Coach Gonzales says the winners of the various awards normally announced at the banquet will be named.

“We do plan on having some type of virtual celebration that would announce the winners of the Coyote/Lobo awards and to recognize our athletes,” said Gonzales.

With the end of the 2019-20 UHS sports school year, preparations were to start for the 2020-21 season.

UHS football players originally were scheduled to participate in 7-on-7 competition in late May and early June, but that has been put on hold.

“For us, our concern will be more focused on getting our athletes back in shape, and certainly back to our athletic regimen,” said Gonzales. “Putting our kids on the field for 7-on-7 play without them being in typical off-season training for three months would not be good.

“The risk is not worth the reward. We would rather focus on getting our athletes ready for the beginning of the season,” said Gonzales. “We don’t want to risk an injury in 7-on-7 play until we are confident that our athletes are in competing form.”

A pre-season meeting for parents currently is scheduled for July 30.

“Right now our schedules are fluid. They could change because of the COVID-19 challenge. If we can conduct the meeting in-person we would prefer that,” said Gonzales. “If not, we will look at our options and perhaps look at a virtual meeting.”

According to Gonzales, no major coaching changes are planned for the 2020-21 school year.

“We will not have any major changes to our staff. Our coaching staff will remain the same for next season,” said Gonzales.

Pre-season football practice for UHS football and for the other fall sports, including volleyball, cross-country running, and team tennis, are scheduled to begin Aug. 3.

The Coyotes will face the Eagle Pass Eagles in scrimmage action in the Honey Bowl on Aug. 14.

They will scrimmage the Crystal City Javelinas at Crystal City on Aug. 20.

The Coyotes kick off their season on the road against the Carrizo Springs Wildcats on Aug. 28.

pete luna|Leader-NewsUvalde defenders Rodrigo Reyes (left) and George Willemin (right) converge to make the stop on a Crystal City wide receiver. The action took place during 7-on-7 football competition at the Uvalde High School practice field last June.

pete luna|Leader-NewsUvalde defenders Rodrigo Reyes (left) and George Willemin (right) converge to make the stop on a Crystal City wide receiver. The action took place during 7-on-7 football competition at the Uvalde High School practice field last June.

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