High School Sports Canceled For Remainder Of School Year

All winter championships and spring sports are canceled

Andrew Limberg
April 09, 2020 - 3:58 pm

PITTSBURGH (93.7 The Fan) - It was announced today the WPIAL’s spring sports season is over.

That includes all winter championships including basketball and swimming.

The decision was announced by the PIAA on Thursday afternoon.

“Today’s decision by the PIAA Board of Directors was difficult for everyone. Their thoughts remain on the thousands of student-athletes, coaches, officials and family members affected by this decision,” said PIAA Executive Director Dr. Robert A. Lombardi. “However, the Board’s position reflects a steadfast priority of keeping our student-athletes, officials and member schools’ staffs and their communities safe, while following the guidelines provided by the Governor, the Department of Health and the Department of Education.”

"We had maintained hope for a continuation of our Winter Championships and an abbreviated Spring season to help bring a sense of normalcy to our communities,” continued Lombardi. “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.” At present, 17 other state high school associations have ended their sports seasons in similar fashion.

Earlier in the day, Governor Tom Wolf announced all physical school locations will remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.

The PIAA says they remain hopeful they will be able to begin summer sports activities on July first but add it is too early to tell.

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