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Argonia Raiders basketball will be live-streamed

By Travis MountsTSnews

As the winter sports season begins in a few weeks, there will be a big change for at least one local league.

The South Central Border League, which includes the Argonia Raiders, has announced it will begin the 2020-21 basketball season without spectators.

The SCBL will continue will hold events through Dec. 19, but only participants will be allowed on sights. Online streaming of games will be provided so that fans may still watch.

The decision was made on Friday, Nov. 13. The SCBL said that the goal is to maintain in-person instruction and allow students to participated in the winter season.

Nearly every Kansas county is seeing an increase in COVID-19 cases, and the higher positivity rates are alarming health officials and other leaders. A number of schools in the Wichita metropolitan area have moved to online-only classes for some or all of their students. 

Argonia is the second school in the TSnews coverage area that will hold winter sports without fans. On Monday, Nov. 9, Haysville Public Schools made the decision to go move students in grades 6-12 to remote education. The USD 261 Haysville Board of Education also voted to continue with winter sports but without spectators in attendance. That decision runs through the entire second nine weeks, ending on Jan 21. At Campus High School, the Colts offer basketball, wrestling, boys swimming and bowling during the winter season.

The SCBL's decision covers just December contests. The decision will be re-evaluated before January. The league is encouraging member schools to adopt a similar policy for non-league contests.

The Argonia Raiders offer basketball during the winter sports season. Other high schools in the SCBL include Caldwall, Cedar Vale, Central-Burden, Dexter, Elk Valley, Flinthills, Oxford, Sedan, South Haven, Udall and West Elk.The AHS Raiders basketball team is scheduled to open the season on Dec. 3 at Pretty Prairie. The following week, the Raiders will play three games at the Border Queen Tournament, hosted by Caldwell High School. Argonia closes
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