Wiedmer: Coronavirus affecting our kids in more ways than one

Staff photo / The Red Bank All-Stars crowd around home plate to congratulate Chad Butler after hitting a home run during their game against Signal Mountain in June 2008.

It was 4:40 Sunday afternoon, and a handful of kids were about to start a pickup game on an outdoor basketball goal at DuPont Elementary on Hixson Pike.

Asked if he was bummed about being out of school until at least the end of March due to the coronavirus outbreak leading Hamilton County Schools to close, 13-year-old Mikal Payeton, a seventh grade point guard for Hixson Middle, smiled.

"No, I'm happy," he said. "Now I just get to play the game more."

Nearby stood his older brother Eric, who was a manager on the Tyner Academy basketball team that lost a 54-52 heartbreaker in the state sectional to York Institute last week.

Though he'll also be off school property for at least the next couple of weeks, he's not looking forward to the break.