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PIAA gives update on winter championships, spring sports

Sheffield 2-sport spring star Emily Leichtenberger, shown here throwing the javelin at the 2019 District 9 track and field championships, is one of many spring athletes in Warren County whose seasons have been put on hold.

There is still hope for the winter sports championships and spring sports season in Pennsylvania, at least according to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association.

Following in the steps of Governor Tom Wolf, they announced on Monday that the conclusion of the winter sports championships in basketball and swimming, as well as the entirety of the spring sports season, have been postponed for another two weeks. There are no cancellations as of now.

Also on Monday, the New York State Public High School Athletic Association announced the cancellation of its winter championships.

The PIAA continues to take direction from Wolf in regards to what is a very fluid situation with the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Wolf announced that seven counties in Pennsylvania – Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia, have been issued a Stay-at-Home Order.

He also ordered schools in Pennsylvania to be shut down for an additional two weeks.

The PIAA stated: “No date has been determined to re-start any sports activities at this time. PIAA will continue to receive information from the Governor’s office, the Department of Health and the Department of Education to provide updated information.

“As we navigate through this difficult time, we need to remember the lessons that interscholastic athletics has taught us; cooperation, patience, sacrifice, responsibility, respect and perseverance. We will provide more information as it becomes available to us.”

The winter championships were in the books for Warren County athletes when the original postponements went into place.

On March 8, wrestlers Logan Jaquay and Cael Black of Eisenhower, and Ethan Finch of Sheffield wrapped up their seasons at the PIAA championships with state medals.

On that same day, the Youngsville boys and Warren girls basketball teams finished their seasons in the first round of the PIAA basketball championships, which are currently on pause in the quarterfinals.

On March 11, District 10 Class 3A girls 200 freestyle champion Katie Beyer of Warren completed her season on the first day of the PIAA swimming championships, which were put on hold the following day.

Spring PIAA sports for each of the following Warren County schools are:

Sheffield: Track and field, softball

Eisenhower: Baseball, softball, track and field

Youngsville: Baseball, softball, track and field

Warren: Baseball, softball, track and field, boys tennis

The season for the scholastic trap teams for each of these schools, as well as Tidioute, are affected as well.

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