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Pandemic halts plenty of college sports for Seminole athletes

The challenges to play sports for some colleges continue to persist during the ongoing pandemic.

While some conferences, especially those with lucrative broadcasting contracts, have played football, basketball and other sports to some degree of normalcy, other institutions have yet to give the green light for games to resume.

Here’s an update as of mid-December on programs that include Seminole athletes or others with connections to the tribe:

Nova Southeastern University women’s basketball: Skyla Osceola (Hollywood Reservation)
No games played. NSU belongs to the Sunshine State Conference, which announced Dec. 10 that basketball would be postponed until at least Feb. 15, 2021. NSU’s last game was March 3, 2020. This season’s team also includes recent transfer Kyarrah Grant (Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians).

Hillsborough Community College women’s basketball: Tiana Stubbs (Hollywood Reservation)
No games played.

Florida SouthWestern State College women’s basketball: Alena Stockton (Big Cypress Reservation, former Ahfachkee School student)
FSW went 5-0 in scrimmages against Keiser, Florida College, Southeastern, St. Petersburg and Miami-Dade in October and November. FSW is slated to open its regular season Jan. 16 against Florida State College at Jacksonville in Orlando. Home opener in Fort Myers is Jan. 29 against 2019 national junior college champion Gulf Coast State.

North Park University men’s basketball: Silas Madrigal (Brighton Reservation/Okeechobee, former Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School student)
The team has been practicing, but no games played.

Oklahoma City University men’s basketball: Curtis Osceola (Oklahoma)
No games played. The school’s athletics are scheduled to start practices and competitions Jan. 15, 2021.

Florida Gulf Coast University softball: Ahnie Jumper (Big Cypress Reservation)
The Eagles’ fall ball season was reduced to practices and an intrasquad game. The regular season is scheduled to start March 13 against Stetson in DeLand.

Florida Southern College women’s volleyball: Raeley Matthews (Former Pemayetv Emahakv Charter School student)
No games played. The Sunshine State Conference cancelled all conference matches and championships for fall sports, including volleyball.

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