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MNW baseball team done for regular season

MANSON — A positive COVID-19 test forced the Manson Northwest Webster baseball team to cancel the remaining games for its 2020 regular season on Monday.

The program has entered a 14-day quarantine period, which officially began on June 26, after a positive case surfaced.

“I feel terrible for the players that they will have to miss their next seven games while in quarantine,” said athletic director and assistant baseball coach Dustin Meyn. “These kids work hard for the opportunity to play sports.

“We are grateful that our season is not over.”

The Cougars will still have a chance to play again if everything goes according to plan. Postseason for Manson Northwest Webster is slated to begin on July 11.

Even with the regular season canceled, MNW head coach Doug Gaul was happy to see his team be able to take the field for six games.

“As long as everyone stayed healthy, this season was good for the kids,” Gaul said. “It was positive mentally, and it gave the players some closure to be out there doing what they love.

“They had a lot of enthusiasm and were definitely invested in the season.”

The MNW administration wanted to make sure the players’ safety was the main goal.

“The health and well being of our kids is our No. 1 priority,” Gaul said. “As a coach, you feel bad for the team. They put a lot of time into getting ready for the season. We were glad to be out there.

“The good thing is that we can play in the postseason, which begins on July 11.”

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