BOZEMAN – Winter brings a couple of things to many areas across the country: snow and the flu. It contaminates workplaces, public transportation and inside households. This year, the flu season has been one of the worst flu seasons since the H1N1 virus swept the United States back in 2009, and not even the Bobcats could escape it.
Over the last month, the men’s basketball team has seen a shortage of players at practice due to the virus. It has taken the Bobcats out of their rhythm for three weeks, but now they are back on track.
“No one has come to me this week that we have the flu, so I’m excited about today, we’re going to have everybody,” Fish said on Tuesday. “So it’s ran it’s course, it’s been a long course with our team and we’ve had three-and-a-half weeks where we haven’t had guys out for practice.”
And it’s plagued multiple members on the team: Tyler Hall has missed four or five days of practice, both points guards, Harald Frey and Lassi Nikkarinen, were out last week with the illness. The Bobcats hope the flu has come and gone with the team as they look to build off the strides they made in the past week.
For now, Fish says the flu is no longer a problem with his team and will only become one if it leaves them with just four players.