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The “not so” Elephant in the Room, Athletics
The “not so” Elephant in the Room, Athletics
Tuesday, June 02, 2020

As school leaders, we get questions all the time, and more and more we are getting asked, “What is going to happen with sports?” 

Well, there is no easy answer, but we are planning for a couple of different scenarios. MHSAA’s most recent update.

First: “Normal” - This would be a return to what we are used to and already are accustomed to delivering to our students and the Hemlock Huskie fans. This will eventually happen, but perhaps not this fall.

Second, “Canceled”-  This would be a disappointment, but something we dealt with this past spring. Not likely to happen. 

Third, “No spectators” - It is difficult to imagine a stadium or gym with athletes competing but without fans cheering them on, but we are prepared. We have outfitted our fall venues with Wi-fi and have the same broadcasting camera system that we have in our high school gymnasium being installed at our football and soccer field. This will allow fans to tune in and cheer the Huskies on via the internet.

Fourth, “Hybrid” - this model may involve some combination of normal, cancel/abbreviated schedule, limited spectators, limited travel, or limited individual sports/venues.

No matter what happens, the Hemlock Huskies will be ready to compete and will be prepared for whatever else comes our way. Our focus will be on keeping our students, families, and staff safe and healthy.

As we prepare for the next athletic season and school year, we are working to resolve major school funding issues that are anticipated to impact the upcoming school year.

We are working to protect our students’ learning and extracurricular opportunities as much as possible from our budget woes. In keeping that in mind, we have started by reducing and reorganizing our athletic department administrative team for next year.

Athletic Department Structure 2020-2021

  • Secretary - Jamie Galbraith
  • Middle School - Principal Joshua Chase
  • High School - Principal Keith Green
  • District/Facilities - Superintendent Don Killingbeck

If you should have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Go Huskies!

Don Killingbeck