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As a follow up to North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement to remain in Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan, NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker released the following statement concerning the start of high school sports.

"At his press conference on Wednesday, August 5, 2020, Governor Roy Cooper and his health team extended Phase Two of the state’s reopening plan until at least September 11. Unfortunately, this announcement means that the start of sports for the 2020-2021 school year will be delayed beyond September 1 for NCHSAA member schools.

The NCHSAA Staff and Board of Directors will review all available options, seek input from SMAC, DPI, a sports Ad Hoc Committee, and announce a calendar for playing sports during the upcoming school year. It is hoped that we can make this announcement prior to August 17, 2020.

We want to play sports during this upcoming school year and are making plans to do so; however, the health and safety of all participants, including coaches and other essential staff, will be a priority as decisions and plans are made."

Fall sports teams in Lincoln County have been going through summer workouts and conditioning, and just entered Phase Two of those activities on Monday.

As of Wednesday, 90 of the 164 school districts in North Carolina have returned to summer workouts according to Nick Stevens of highschoolot.com. Activities remain suspended for 70 of the districts, while four did not report their status.

Thursday’s announcement by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association means that the start of fall sports will again be moved back beyond the September 1 date.

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