COVID-19 ends the season for West Burlington


West Burlington High School's head coach Tom Ferguson  during their match against Van Buren County, Thursday Sept. 3, 2020 at West Burlington.

The West Burlington High School volleyball team lost a heartbreaker to Notre Dame on Tuesday night at Father Minett Gymnasium.

As it turns out, that wasn’t the only heartbreaking loss of the season for the Falcons.

On Friday morning, the plug was pulled on the West Burlington volleyball team’s season because of COVID-19-related issues. 

West Burlington ends the season with an 18-4 record and champions of the SEI Superconference South Division. 

Central Lee (22-7) will receive a bye into the Class 3A regional quarterfinals and play at  ninth-ranked West Liberty (23-6) at 7 p.m. Wednesday.

West Burlington will be left to wonder what might have been after one of the best seasons in school history.

“We are cancelling Monday’s match against Central Lee for COVID-related reasons,” West Burlington Athletics Director Jeff Housel said Friday morning. “Because of the number of positives and quarantines and those that are symptomatic, we won’t have enough players to play in the postseason. We called the state and asked what are options were. They told us that if we couldn’t play on the scheduled date, it goes as a bye. So the high school volleyball season is over.”

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