PORTVILLE, NY — They're one of the few districts with in-class learning five days a week. They stay on top of testing and have finally taken the next step to play sports. 

Portville Central School is getting back into the swing of things, and Athletic Director Beth Colligan couldn’t be happier. 

“I’m excited for our student-athletes to be able to get back out there and play the sports they love,” Colligan said. 

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High-risk winter sports got the go-to play by the Cattaraugus County Department of Health on Jan 26 and have been in full swing since Feb. 1. 

High-risk sports at Portville include basketball and wrestling. 

The varsity boy’s basketball team is off to a 3-2 start with wins over Silver Creek, Franklinville and Falconer and losses to Cuba-Rushford and Randolph. 

The girl’s basketball team is off to a 4-0 start with wins over Franklinville, Ellicottville, Cuba-Rushford and Gowanda. 

A lot will go into making these seasons a success. 

“There are three sports seasons to be played in the next five months,” Colligan said. “Each overlap each other by around a week.”

The three seasons she’s referring to are winter sports of basketball and wrestling, the fall sports of football and volleyball, and the spring sports of baseball, softball, track and golf. 

Even with the overlaps, she believes the school can handle the seasons.

“The overlapping part of the schedule is just the one week of playoffs,” Colligan said. “I don’t believe it should be an issue with an overlapping of facilities of athletes trying to play multiple sports.”

The one main concern Colligan has is the timing of the football season.

“We’re in Western New York, and there’s almost always snow on the ground in March,” Colligan said. “I believe the biggest issue that comes out of this year will be the weather in March for football because if there’s too much snow on the ground, it’ll be difficult to bring their practice inside with volleyball using the gym.”

So far, they haven’t had any COVID-19-related issues, and the seasons are in full swing.

“If we (Portville) and the other schools in the league follow the precautions put into place, I know we can make it through the year,” Colligan said. “I’ve seen the work the kids have been putting in to be ready for the season, and they are just thrilled to be back out there.”