Baldwin cancels girls basketball season

Nikki Bergman is Baldwin's girls basketball coach. (Star file photo)

Nikki Bergman is Baldwin's girls basketball coach. (Star file photo)

BALDWIN - The more than two-month delay in returning to winter sports has apparently had one casualty: the Baldwin girls basketball program.

Coach Nikki Bergman had more than 10 girls out for the first week of practice starting on Nov. 9.

But one week later, the state health department, citing rising COVID numbers, shut down sports. The delay continued through January although there seemed to be a bright spot earlier this month when the MHSAA said noncontact practices could start on Jan. 16, followed by contact on Feb. 1 and actual competition on Feb. 4.

But the ban against contact was extended through Feb. 21.

"We've been trying to figure out if we were having a season or not," Bergman said earlier this month. "I've had so many girls decide not to come back since this last 'pause' that we don't have enough players for a team.

"I'm down to four girls. So, our season has been cancelled. I'm lending my time to the middle school program and planning to have workouts with the four remaining players."

Baldwin hasn't had a varsity girls basketball season since 2017-18. There were no girls basketball high school teams for 2018-19. Bergman coached the 2019-20 program when it only had a junior varsity girls basketball schedule.