They are in a similar position as everyone else.
They are patiently waiting for the season to begin — for a second time.
On the day that practice for the new season was scheduled to start, the Port Huron Northern boys basketball team saw it halted for three weeks.
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That postponement put the Huskies in position to eagerly anticipate the start of the new season.
Now for the second time.
“It was definitely difficult news to take,” Port Huron Northern coach Brian Jamison said. “We knew there was a decent chance of the postponement, but it didn’t make it any easier to take.
“Every team in the state is in a similar position, so the ones that have more returners have a definite advantage.”
The Huskies will have to replace a couple of key players, such as James Delong. But they also return one of the best underclassmen in the area in sophomore Tyler Jamison.
“We aren’t allowed to do any in person training during this time, so I am counting on my guys to stay in shape,” said Jamison, whose son Tyler returns.
“It’s possible that we will do some virtual workouts. It helps that we haven’t started yet. I think this break would have been more detrimental if it was mid-season or a couple weeks in. Because of that, I don’t see it impacting injuries a great deal as long as they provide an adequate pre-season.”
Despite the changes, Coach Jamison is still confident in the season taking place.
“I am remaining confident that we will still have a season,” He said. “When it starts and for how long, remains to be seen.
“I know the Michigan High School Athletic Association has every intention of playing winter sports. I have told my guys to stay positive and let’s hope for the best. We need to stay mentally and physically prepared.”