UPDATE, March 19: In an email to parents, Brookfield athletic director Steve Baldwin said proper documentation has been provided to the Brookfield Dept. of Health from Bridgeport to ensure the safety of players concerning its SWC quarterfinal game vs. Kolbe Cathedral. The game is set to be played Saturday, 5:30 at the Shehan Center in Bridgeport. SWC commissioner Mark Berkowitz confirmed the game was on as scheduled.
Kolbe Cathedral’s South-West Conference tournament quarterfinal-round game against Brookfield has been postponed to Saturday, but Brookfield is not committing to the game until it has a written letter from the Bridgeport Health Dept. confirming there are no issues with the players on the team.
According to an email obtained by Hearst Connecticut Media, Kolbe Cathedral is closed due to a “staffing (COVID-19) quarantine.”
According to Lizette Earley, the Registered Health Nurses Supervisor for the Bridgeport Public Schools, “no one on the team is a close contact” and recommends that any games involving the Cougars be played. Camille Figluizzi, Kolbe Cathedral’s principal, backed up the statement. “This has nothing to do with the kids at all,” she said.
Baldwin said he was told by Kolbe Cathedral Wednesday afternoon it would be withdrawing from the tournament, but then reversed that decision a an hour later.
Out of caution, Baldwin said Brookfield’s administration deferred the issue to Brookfield’s local Dept. of Health, which said it would not recommend playing until it received a letter of clearance from Bridgeport’s Dept. of Health — not the school district.
As of Friday afternoon, Baldwin said Brookfield hadn’t received such a notice from Bridgeport’s DPH.
“We’re all for playing. We want to play,” Baldwin said. “But we need to protect our kids. Our DPH needs a letter from their DPH stating that none of their kids are affected. It’s out of my hands, my principal’s hands, my superintendent’s hands.”
SWC commissioner Mark Berkowitz said Friday afternoon the last he’d heard the school principals were working on getting that letter for Brookfield DPH. “We all want to get this game played,” he said.
Kolbe Cathedral is the top seed and defending champion and is currently ranked sixth in the latest GameTimeCT boys basketball top 10 poll. If confirmed, the game will be played Saturday at 5:30 p.m. at the Shehan Center.
With additional reporting from Sean Patrick Bowley. This story has been updated March 19 to include statements from Brookfield.