Lawrence’s football game against Mill Valley canceled after LHS player tests positive for COVID-19

The Lawrence High football field is pictured on Friday, Feb. 5, 2016.

A highly anticipated showdown between a pair of top-ranked teams will not go on.

According to LHS Athletic Director Nick Wood, this week’s matchup between Lawrence High (No. 1 in Class 6A) and Mill Valley (No. 1 in Class 5A) has been canceled after a Lawrence player tested positive for COVID-19.

A news release provided by the Lawrence school district over the weekend indicated that the unnamed player did not participate in Lawrence’s 42-14 win over Olathe West last Friday. According to the release, the player last participated with the team during a practice on Thursday, Sept. 17. The student who tested positive is now isolating in accordance with public health requirements.

“Our thoughts are with this student for his health and well-being,” the release said.

The district has also instructed 69 additional players and two coaches to quarantine after working with the local health department, according to the release.

Wood said the Lions will not be able to return to practice until Thursday, Oct. 1. As a result, the varsity football game between LHS and Mill Valley, which was slated to take place on Friday in Lawrence, has been canceled. The junior varsity game between Lawrence and Mill Valley has also been canceled. The freshman football game against Mill Valley on Wednesday is still on as scheduled.

The Lions (3-0) are expected to have their next varsity game on Saturday, Oct. 3 at home against Bishop Carroll. The game was moved to a Saturday because of the team’s current plans to return to practice just one day before the game was originally scheduled to take place.

LHS has won all three varsity games by a combined score of 151-21 to start the season.


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