Some positives from forfeited Joliet Columbus game

Alastair Baker
Thursday, October 15, 2020
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Skyler Wright slams a ball passed Makenna Bushmann during the Joliet scrimmage last week. Photo by Hank Nowak

By Alastair Baker
News Editor

Columbus forfeited their volleyball game against Joliet last week after a Cougar player was tested positive for COVID. The Columbus team has been quarantined until Oct. 20.
Despite the COVID alert some positives came from the Pack in Pink and Teal Night as the Joliet J-Hawks scrimmaged against themselves and helped raise over $743 for Alese Beckman and her family who live in Joliet. 
“Battling seniors Makenna Bushman and Skyler Wright gave it all they had,” said Joliet Coach Collette Webber.
“None of their players were positive.  Just contact traced from other kids in Columbus who were positive.  We were not in danger,” said Colette Webber, Joliet volleyball coach.
Columbus Schools acted quickly to the situation and according to Jeff Bermes, Superintendent Columbus Schools the student has not been involved with school or any activities since reporting ill on Oct. 5. 
"As a district, our goal is to provide a safe education and learning environment, including extra-curricular events, as an extension of the classroom for all students, staff, and community members whether it is own students, staff and community or that of another school,” he said.
In Joliet’s other game against Shepherd two days later they maintained their good form defeating their opponents, 25-22, 25-16, 25-11,serving up 13 aces courtesy of Merrin Schwend and Skyler Wright who made 4 each.
Joliet had 46 kills, Skyler Wright 13, Makenna Bushman 10 with Merrin Schwend making 30 of 32 assists. In digs, Digs Bushman made 15, Wright 14. In blocks Wright and Bushman shared 1.5.
Joliet played Forsyth earlier this week and will play Bridger on Friday.