Basketball

Huge turnout as Huskies return to practice

By Ray Hamill —The Fortuna Huskies enjoyed a successful return to the basketball court this past week, as they set the new standard for local prep sports.

According to boys varsity basketball head coach Norm Sotomayor, 60 student athletes signed up for the boys’ practice sessions — the first to be held at any local high school this school year — which was substantially more than expected.

And despite the notable restrictions in place because of COVID-19, the players appear more than happy to be back out there.

“Week one went great,” Sotomayor said. “The kids are getting a ton of reps. We are able to work with individuals one-on-one on footwork, shooting form, etc.”

The Huskies will continue to run the practice sessions on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, split into seven groups of eight or nine students.

Social distancing is required, with one basketball and one hoop per player, as are facial coverings.

“The biggest challenge for the kids is wearing a mask,” Sotomayor said. “But it hasn’t stopped anyone from coming.”

The new varsity boys coach admits it’s far from ideal, with no scrimmages or close contact allowed, but it has been a positive start and hugely beneficial for the student athletes.

“Our athletes are improving basic skills, something all athletes can use to improve their game,” Sotomayor said. “The kids are excited to have athletics back. I hope we are paving the way for all high school sports to get going.”

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