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PAGE 6 • The Cardinal Times, SPRING 2021 SPORTS

Ski team continues with adaptations

to COVID

By DEVYN MCMILLEN

can go,” said Chapin.

According to Chapin, in previous years,

Despite COVID, Lincoln skiers are still

the Lincoln ski team had a bus to transport

the racers to practice after school on

getting out on the slopes to race.

The 2020-21 winter ski season has been

Wednesdays, and there was a carpool system

on race days so all racers could attend

severely abbreviated due to COVID-19 restrictions.

every race, regardless of if they had transportation

or not. This year, there is no bus,

“Ski team looks really different this

year,” said junior Lia Khunis, a member of

and racers must get a ride from their parents

to attend practice at 2 p.m. on Wednes-

the Lincoln High School Alpine ski team.

“The amount of people on the team has

days, or they must get a ride from someone

shrunken a lot, and the amount of time we

else’s parents on the team, but they must be

have to practice and race at the mountain

in a pod with them. Racers also did this for

has shrunken, too; even the time of day we

the race day on January 21st, and will do it

practice at the mountain is different.”

again on the second and final day Feb. 12,

Because of the coronavirus, the amount

both with two races within each race day.

of people who can be at Mt. Hood for races

Khunis said that she felt nervous before

has been reduced significantly compared to

the slalom race that was held Jan. 21 due

previous years.

ABOVE: Ski team practices on the giant slalom race course on Jan. 27 (on easy rider at Mt. Hood to the lack of practice that was available to

“There can be only a maximum of 50

Meadows).

the racers.

people at each race, so races like the Kelsey

Courtesy of LEA KHUNIS

“There is no way to improve your slalom

race, which is a friendly race, where every

racing throughout the season because there

team from the Three Rivers League gets

the amount of people from both teams practices,” said Khunis.

is only one slalom practice before the race,

together for a memorial race for Kelsey

combined this year is significantly smaller Chapin sees a bright side to the decrease and there is only one slalom race day. After

Hewitt to start off the season, can’t happen,”

said Lincoln High School and Catlin

than the amount of people racing solely for in the amount of racers because it’s an opportunity

for the racers to get more prac-

Though ski racing is very different from

that race day, it is all done,” said Khunis.

Lincoln last year.”

Gabel racing coach, Robin Chapin.

Khunis has noticed the amount of people tice.

what it was last year, Kunis is still happy to

This year, the Catlin Gabel and Lincoln

on the team who regularly come to practice “Because there are a lot less people this be able to race in any capacity.

teams have combined to practice and race

compared to last year has decreased. year, it allows us to really focus on the racers

that are still left. The racers can get race at all this year, and because I can, I am

“I didn’t think that I would be able to ski

together.

“Last year, there would be anywhere

“There’s a lot less people this year skiing

for both Catlin Gabel and Lincoln, so

from about 20 to 25 people coming to practice.

This year, only about ten or so people less people running the course, and so that

more runs in practice, because there are very grateful,” said Khunis.

coaching both teams at the same time is

combined from both Lincoln and Catlin is less time they spend waiting around for

not a chaotic thing,” said Chapin. “In fact,

Gabel that actually routinely come to the other people to run the course before they

Lincoln’s dance and cheer teams

return to practicing in-person

By HADLEY STEELE

The Lincoln High School dance and

cheer teams returned to in-person practice

on Mar. 15 with the Oregon Health Association’s

(OHA) guidance for fitness-related

activities in place.

Mid-March is normally when the dance

team would compete at the state competition,

which they will be unable to do this

year.

“During normal years we practice for two

and a half seasons. We start practices in the

summer–conditioning and stuff– and then

we start [actual] practices when the school

year starts,” says senior Sydney Huard,

who is a part of the dance team.

The cheer team has also returned to

in-person practice.

“All of our practices were online, [but the

week of Mar. 14th] we started going in-person

because we got the notice that we were

allowed to,” says sophomore Taylor Levow.

“[So far,] we’ve had two in-person practices

and we’ve been to one football game and

one soccer game.”

Spending so much time on virtual practices

was hard for athletes.

“Traditionally, the dance team is a large

ABOVE: Dance team returns to Lincoln's gym after being away for nearly a year due to COVID.

Courtesy of SYDNEY HUARD

commitment that has a lot of expectations

and becomes a significant part of your life,

but now it feels so disconnected from that,”

says junior Addison Taylor, who has been

on the dance team since freshman year.

Huard agrees.

“Dance is definitely something you can’t

really do online,” she said. “You have to

be there with your team to learn choreography.

No one has space in their room to

dance. You can’t really do a full on routine

in your room.”

Virtual cheer practices were also difficult

because of the team safety concerns.

“Doing a lot of the main parts of cheer

like tumbling and stunting while we are

online was something we obviously had a

hard time doing,” says Levow. “We couldn’t

do any tumbling with our coaches spotting

us, so we couldn’t learn any new things like

back handsprings.”

Though the return to in-person practices

includes adaptations to safety regulations

which limits the variety of routines, the

teams have stayed positive and are excited

about being with their teams again.

“[It’s really helped my] physical and

mental health,” sophomore cheerleader

Phoebe Yang says. “Sometimes it’s really

hard to get motivated if you’re all alone at

home, but if you’re actually part of sport

and the coaches are watching you online or

in person, then you’ll be motivated to work

that harder.”

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