North basketball team quarantines after Shelbyville player tests positive for COVID-19

COLUMBUS, Ind — The Columbus North High School basketball team has entered quarantine after playing a game against Shelbyville Dec, 4 in which it was later learned a Shelbyville player had tested positive for COVID-19.

The Bull Dogs’ scheduled home games Saturday against Fishers and Dec. 18 against Columbus East, a Dec. 19 game at Scottsburg and a Dec. 22 home game against Terre Haute South have been postponed.

“We found out Monday that one of the players that played from Shelbyville tested positive for COVID,” North coach Paul Ferguson said.

Ferguson said none of the North players have shown symptoms of COVID.

“We told our guys all we can do is control the controllables,” Ferguson said. “Our players are going to have to find ways to stay ready mentally and physically for hopefully when we can come back on Dec. 19. We’re scheduled to play in the Noblesville Tournament on Dec. 29-30, so we have to stay ready if we’re going to be competitive in that tournament. Our players have to find a way to stay game ready since we can’t practice as a team.”

Ferguson said his players will be quarantined for 14 days. They can return to practice Dec. 19, but need to get a required number of practices in before they can play again.

“We’re hoping to reschedule all the games we miss,” Ferguson said. “But we know that there might be some challenges with COVID and other teams potentially having to reschedule games also.”

North found out Monday morning that Fishers is in quarantine, and the schools were working on rescheduling that one when the Bull Dogs found out that they had to quarantine themselves.

For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Republic.