Due to student safety, Lincoln Northwest High School’s 2022-2023 season will not include varsity basketball

LINCOLN, Nebraska – Lincoln Northwest High School will not provide varsity basketball in 2022-2023.

According to Lincoln Public Schools, the school will only host games for girls and boys at the junior varsity, reserve, and freshmen levels.

According to the school, student safety was a primary issue in excluding varsity basketball.

Rob Psencik, the director of extracurricular activities at Northwest High School, stated, “During our fall sports season, we’ve gained invaluable insights that will help us navigate the remainder of our first year.” “Putting student safety first, we are taking advantage of this unique chance to begin slowly and build the experience of our teams and players. By concentrating on the junior varsity, reserve, and freshman teams, we can concentrate on the development of our young players. Next year, we will field competitive varsity basketball teams for both boys and girls.

It is also not the first time Lincoln Northwest has halted a game for safety purposes.

A new Nebraska high school forfeits its next football game due to injuries.

JJ Toczek, director of athletics and extracurricular activities at LPS, described the decision as both difficult and appropriate. I love how thoughtfully the administration at Northwest prioritizes student safety, learning, and achievement.

Students who wish to try out for the basketball teams at Northwest must submit a winter athletics interest form.

The decision follows similar cancellations of varsity sports by other schools. Recent moves by schools in Iowa to cancel football seasons.

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