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Karlie Carlson

By Lou Ponsi
OCVarsity.com

ANAHEIM — Servite High boys basketball coach John Morris has been testing his varsity, JV and frosh/soph squads – that’s roughly 65 players – for the coronavirus three times per week. 

Morris and his staff also use a spray gun to spray the bleachers down with sanitizer before and after games. 

On days such as Wednesday, when varsity, JV and two frosh/soph games were played back to back in the Servite gym, fans were required to vacate the gym between every game, while Morris and his staff sanitized the bleachers each time. 

Teams must also share testing results and seating guidelines with their opponents prior to each contest.

Multiple Zoom meetings have taken place with players and parents to provide the latest information, Morris said. 

“We’re not cutting any corners,” Morris said. “If the county health department was in here, I think they would give us an A-plus rating on what we’ve done.”

Players did their part as well, wearing masks while on the bench and sanitizing their chairs after the game. 

These protocols, which are required by the state so high school basketball and other indoor sports can be played, were followed to a tee on Wednesday, allowing Servite to host La Habra for a nonleague game. 

Senior standout Andrew Cook scored a career-high 47 points, two short of the school record, to lead the Friars to a 71-60 victory over the Highlanders.

Cook, who is being recruited by several NAIA colleges, also led the Friars (2-0) with five 3-pointers. 

Erik Howlin led the Highlanders with 36 and hit five 3-pointers. 

Howlin hit four 3-pointers in the first quarter to help La Habra build a 19-10 lead. 

Servite used a 29-point second quarter to build a 39-36 halftime lead. The Friars led the entire second half. 

The Highlanders, who were playing their first game of the season, are scheduled to play their first home game on March 31 against Foothill. 

But La Habra coach Aaron Riekenberg, who is also following the coronavirus guidelines, said he is still waiting on word from the Fullerton Joint Union High School District on whether fans will be allowed in the gym. 

“We may play without fans,” the coach said. “We have the livestream ready to go.”

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