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Central Mountain boys basketball coach Tyler Bardo, players patient for season

Just as many other coaches and athletes are actively adapting to scheduling implications caused by COVID-19, Tyler Bardo and the Central Mountain boys basketball team are being patient throughout the process.

Bardo, who is set to begin his fourth season as coach of the Wildcats, has prepared with caution for the upcoming winter sports season. Bardo said his team had the opportunity to participate in open gyms from mid-September through the end of October prior to KCSD’s announcement to move to remote learning.

“Everything that we’ve decided upon has always been marked as tentative. From practice time to schedules,” Bardo said. “What lineups can we look at to put together, because truly with regulations things can change right up until tipoff. We’re trying to be flexible with all the news that comes along.”

Central Mountain’s first three scheduled games have been postponed due to PIAA regulations regarding practice. The Wildcats’ first three regular-season scheduled games in December against Bellefonte, Dubois and Jersey Shore will be played later this winter.

“Those games are now rescheduled. We need three weeks of preseason before we officially play a PIAA game,” Bardo said.

The Wildcats first eligible date to practice is Friday, Nov. 27. Bardo is excited to see what his team can do this season after play gets underway, until then, the program is being cautious through it all.

“We have some returning letterman that served some big roles for us a year ago. We’re going to look to those to lead us,” Bardo said, “We also have some guys that played some big time JV minutes and prepared themselves for what we’re doing this year. Hopefully, we can get to that point to see it come to fruition.”

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