After careful consideration, and in joint cooperation with all parties involved, no spectators will be allowed at Thursday’s middle school basketball games between Russell and Smith Center. The decision was made through joint cooperation with Russell County USD 407, Smith Center USD 237, and the health departments in Russell and Smith Counties.
Only the players, coaches, officials, workers and administrators will be allowed inside each respective facility. Parents, family members, and fans will not be allowed inside the facility. The boys’ games at Ruppenthal Middle School, and the girls’ games at Russell High School's Amos Morris Gymnasium, will be streamed live using the links below. The video streams are free, but a free subscription may be required for NFHS Network viewers.
At this point, this only applies to the games between Smith Center and Russell on November 19. A decision on spectators at future games will be made at a later date.