Friday afternoon, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced the decision that many thought was inevitable, cancelling the spring sports season, along with the remaining winter championships.
Shortly after Governor Roy Cooper made the announcement that N.C. public schools would be closed for the remainder of the school year, the NCHSAA made the call.
The decision that came down due to Covid-19 was a disappointing one to many athletes, coaches and parents across the state, but one that the majority of the public felt had to be made.
“Today’s decision is difficult for the NCHSAA Board of Directors and Staff,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker. “We empathize with the thousands of student-athletes, especially graduating seniors, coaching staffs, officials and family members affected by this decision. However, this decision reflects a commitment to keeping our student-athletes, officials and member schools’ staffs and their communities safe, while following the guidelines provided by the Governor and his team, along with the Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.”
The NCHSAA had hoped to be able to resume spring sports at some point, even if only for a short period of time to let the student-athletes, especially those that are seniors, go out on a positive note. Friday’s announcement means not only will spring-sports teams miss approximately 75-percent of their season, but the high school basketball state championships will not be decided.
South Fork 2A Conference member Newton-Conover was to face Farmville Central in the 2A championship game in Chapel Hill back in March. Now, the Lady Red Devils, led by 2A state player of the year and Rutgers signee Chyna Cornwell, will be left with the void of not knowing the outcome of the title game.
The NCHSAA said on Friday that in its Board of Directors meeting this upcoming week, it will discuss finalizing the state basketball playoffs, policies for summer activities, as well as address academic eligibility concerns for Fall 2020.
While this announcement leaves a huge void for all high school spring sports athletes, coaches, parents and fans, we now turn our focus to the fall sports season.
We all hope for a return to school in August, and that our high school sports return to some form of normalcy.