High school spring sports suspension extended, season may be lost

JACKSON, Wyo. —

UPDATE: Late Tuesday, the Wyoming High School Activities Association made the difficult decision to cancel the spring sports season for all Wyoming high schools

 “It is with deep regret that the WHSAA Board of Directors announces the cancelling of all spring sports. Due to the continuing influence of COVID-19, we are not able to predict when it will be safe to resume spring sports, nor are we able to assure if any of our communities would be able to host any of our events,” the board stated in a release Tuesday. “As we all continue to adapt to the pandemic, academics need to be the focus of our students and schools to be able to complete a successful school year.”

The Wyoming High School Activities Association (WHSAA) has pushed back the start of spring sports to at least May 4. Previously, the WHSAA had delayed the start of the season to April 20.

The further postponement puts the entire season in jeopardy. That includes track and field, soccer, tennis, and golf. The decree from WHSAA means no school may hold practices in preparation for season play.

Other canceled events include the State Art Symposium. WSAE Board of Directors and the WHSAA have agreed the symposium cannot safely be held. It was scheduled for April 30 – May 2, 2020.

Jackson Hole High School soccer was scheduled to begin play April 2. The boys varsity team is defending state champs. Track and Field competition was to begin April 4. Golf is supposed to get underway May 8.

In other high school sports news, Teton School District 401 in Teton Valley, Idaho announced today that it will turn on the football field lights at Teton High for 20 minutes this Friday, April 10 at 8:20 p.m.

“The lights are a beacon to show we are thinking of them and to remind them there will be a time when we will all be together again,” read a statement from school officials. “Please drive by in your cars and honk in support. It is imperative that you stay in your car so that all of us maintain CDC guidelines for social distancing. This will be going on all over the State of Idaho.”

Teton School District 401 announced today it will light the football field at Teton High as a show of solidarity for all postponed spring sports. Photo: Courtesy TSD 401

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