The Guam Department of Education (GDOE) Interscholastic Sports Association (ISA) altered course Wednesday to allow two more additional private school teams to join the ISA boys and girls basketball leagues. Invitations were extended to the Notre Dame High School boys basketball team and to the St. Paul girls basketball team to join the ISA basketball season.
Just a few days ago, GDOE had indicated it could accommodate up to two additional teams in each of the ISA basketball leagues. The two additional teams included Father Duenas and St. Paul in boys basketball and Academy and Notre Dame in girls basketball.
This decision, which was made on a “first-come-first-serve” basis, left the Notre Dame boys team and the St. Paul girls team out of the picture. Upon further consideration, GDOE Superintendent Jon Fernandez made a decision earlier today to extend the additional invitations to allow the Notre Dame and St. Paul student-athletes to play.
“It’s not easy to have to go back and redo an already cramped basketball schedule,” said Fernandez. “However, we decided that ISA needed to put student-athletes first, especially given the fact that this pandemic year has mostly been one of disappointment for many of our young people. We felt that it was the right decision to bend backward and just give the kids a chance to compete.”
“Official schedules to include the additional teams will be out Thursday morning, and the league will still end in May,” said acting ISA League Coordinator, Marvin Linder. “We are aware that it has been a difficult year for the entire island, so we are playing our role in making sure that we end 2021 on a good note for our student-athletes.”
The ISA league was able to successfully plan for full competition in a wide array of sports during the final block, offering track and field, paddling, soccer, basketball, and baseball.