Scott Credit Union shooting postponed


EDWARDSVILLE — Due to Friday’s thunderstorm causing power outages throughout Edwardsville, the Scott Credit Union shooting scheduled for Saturday has been postponed.

Edwardsville High School athletic director Alex Fox made the official announcement early Saturday morning before power was restored to campus.

“There are a number of things going on right now,” Fox said. “First of all, we have the blackout in high school. They are restoring it now, but it is not safe. From an installation perspective, it’s hard to move forward when you don’t know what the electrical situation will be throughout the day.

“Second, it was a pretty tough night for the city of Edwardsville. We want to be sensitive to everything that’s going on. At the end of the day, we have to focus on what’s important and that’s the community right now. and make sure everyone is okay and will be fine for the foreseeable future.

“Our hearts are right now with the people who are struggling with this situation. Sometimes you have to put sport on the back burner.

Saturday’s event was scheduled to feature eight games, including the Edwardsville Girls vs. Civic Memorial and the Edwardsville Boys vs. DuBourg.

Proceeds from the day were going to be donated to the Sager Strong Foundation, which raises money for blood cancer research.

Fox said the Scott Credit Union Shootout could be rescheduled but won’t be easy with 16 teams set to have a similar opening date.

“It’s all up in the air. We’ll be looking at potential dates…and options and hopefully having an answer to that in the near future,” Fox said.

Friday’s storm, which caused high winds and catastrophic damage to an Amazon warehouse, rolled into the area around 8:30 p.m. A second storm arrived around 10 p.m.

The Edwardsville boys’ basketball team was in Belleville playing the Belleville East Lancers at the time.

Fox said he began receiving storm alerts mid-game and worked with District 7 officials to ensure a safe return for the tam.

“We were in a situation whose seriousness we did not know. In Belleville, everything seemed to be going well,” Fox said. “I started getting messages from family here about the sirens going off, which is not abnormal for where we live. But at the same time when you start hearing the news reports about a mass casualty event and other events, it definitely changes things.

“We were able to get in touch with the District 7 administration and Dr (Patrick) Shelton did an amazing job arranging for us to contact the parents and making sure everything was in place to get our kids back. in town safely.


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