CEDAR FALLS — A pair of injuries on top of an already thin roster has forced Valley Lutheran to cancel the remainder of its 2015-16 boys’ basketball schedule.
“We started the season with six and then two get hurt,” Valley Lutheran athletics director Ryan Smiley said. “That put us down to four and we can’t play with four. We cancelled the rest of our season.”
The injuries were serious enough that they prevented the school from forfeiting just a portion of its schedule.
“They’re not season-ending, but it was bad enough where they were going to be out four-to-six weeks in the heart of our season,” Smiley said. “It would be hard to cancel for four-to-six weeks and then reschedule everything after that.”
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Valley Lutheran graduated three seniors from last year’s team that finished 4-15 and opened this season with an 0-3 record before forfeiting Tuesday’s game against Waterloo Christian. This marked year five of the school’s basketball program.
Five of the six players on Valley Lutheran’s roster are sophomores or younger. Waterloo Christian has offered to take in any athletes who would like to continue to participate this season. Smiley says only one member of the Crusaders’ team has expressed a desire to pursue that option.
According to Bud Legg, information director of the Iowa High School Athletic Association, schools on Valley Lutheran’s remaining schedule have an option of adding a replacement game or taking a win by forfeit.
Smiley said Valley Lutheran plans to resume boys’ basketball competition next season.