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Spring sports in limbo after school closure

The spring sports season across the state has joined winter championships in a state of limbo after Governor Tom Wolf announced a statewide closure of schools Friday in response to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

The boys and girls basketball tournaments and 2A swimming and diving championships were postponed for two weeks by the PIAA Thursday. Friday’s announcement means their spring counterparts, baseball, softball, track and field, lacrosse, boys tennis and boys volleyball are all on hiatus across the state for the next two weeks as well.

For now, all games are postponed and practices are canceled for the next two weeks, but the timeline could change quickly.

“These things are changing by the hour,” Warren County School District Superintendent Amy Stewart said.

Wolf’s announcement said the closure would go into effect Monday and last for 10 business days. While spring sports practices officially began March 2, Warren County’s first games of the spring were set to start next week. Those games have been postponed for now. Whether they will be made up at a later date is to be determined.

“We recognize the hard work kids have put into those things,” Stewart said. “We will reschedule as possible, on an event-by-event basis.”

The NCAA has already canceled its winter and spring championships, and a number of individual collegiate conferences, including the PSAC which is where the PA state system schools compete, have canceled spring sports entirely. As of Friday evening, the PIAA had yet to make any additional announcements, or reach out to WCSD, on the status of the spring sports season.

“We have not heard from them,” Stewart said. “We’re hoping these two weeks will give the PIAA a chance to weigh in.”

The following events have been postponed:

Eisenhower-Softball: vs Maplewood (March 24), at Saegertown (March 26)

Sheffield-Softball: at Johnsonburg (March 26)

Warren-Tennis: vs Hickory (March 18), vs Elk County Catholic (March 24), at Olean (March 27); Softball: scrimmage vs Corry (March 21), at DuBois (March 24), at McDowell (March 26)

Youngsville-Baseball: at Kane (March 26), at Iroquois (March 27)

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