Gov. suggests PIAA should ‘follow suit,’ close down winter, spring seasons

The PIAA has continued to take a week-to-week approach in regard to the postponement of the remainder of its winter high school sports championships and spring sports season.

On Wednesday, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf made clear the direction he thinks they should go.

“Unfortunately, every sport, professional and amateur, have closed down,” he said. “I think Pennsylvania needs to follow suit on that. We need to stay safe. Our first priority is to stay safe.”

That was in response to a question as to whether high school athletes should remain hopeful that they will get to finish their winter championships or play spring sports.

In its bi-weekly updates, the PIAA has repeatedly said they intend to assess information from Wolf’s office, and they took no new action as of Wednesday evening in regards to his most recent statement.

On March 30, the PIAA released a statement that in part read: “Governor Wolf announced all schools are to remain closed indefinitely. PIAA will continue to receive and assess information from the Governor’s office, the Department of Health and the Department of Education before making any decisions regarding re-starting sports activities.”

The winter sports season had already concluded for Warren County student-athletes, with the basketball tournament currently in the quarterfinal round and the swimming championships also remaining unfinished.

In other neighboring states, the Ohio High School Athletic Associated has taken a similar approach to the PIAA, as has the New York State Public High School Athletic Association, with the sole difference that winter championships in New York have officially been canceled.


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