UPDATE: Sequim football home opener canceled

Low on experienced varsity players and dealing with COVID-19 quarantine issues, Sequim has canceled its scheduled home football game for Friday against the No. 6 Squalicum Storm, Wolves athletic director Dave Ditlefsen said Wednesday.

“We do have some kids that have had to be quarantined this week and we are certainly very, very light on (roster) numbers,” Ditlefsen said in a previous interview.

“In the interest of full transparency, we told Squalicum that we are not likely to have a full varsity level team because we don’t want to leave them hanging,” he said earlier ion the week and confirmed the cancelation Wednesday afternoon.

Squalicum’s varsity is a state tournament contender this fall and is led by Washington State commit running back Djouvensky Schlenbaker.

It’s possible a junior varsity contest could be played between the two teams.

State Department of Health guidelines say fully vaccinated athletes, coaches, athletic trainers and other support personnel identified as close contacts should be tested three to five days following a known exposure to someone with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 and wear a mask for 14 days or until they receive a negative test result.

Unvaccinated athletes, coaches and personnel should quarantine for at least 10 to 14 days following a COVID exposure.

Masks for fans

Sequim School District and the Port Angeles School District recently announced a “unified voice” concerning guidelines for spectators while cheering on athletic teams.

Masks are required for all spectators, regardless of vaccination status, while attending all indoor and outdoor school sporting events.

Occupancy allowances must be followed.

Audience members should be seated or stand in “family units,” spaced at least 3 feet apart.

Student sections will be allowed, provided students wear masks and allow 3 feet of distancing.