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The chance for high school sports to return this spring in North Carolina took another hit Monday when Gov. Roy Cooper issued an executive order closing all public schools in the state through May 15 as part of the measures to protect against the spread of the novel coronavirus. The schools had already been closed through the end of the month.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association responded with a statement from Commissioner Que Tucker, saying that all “NCHSAA interscholastic activities will remain suspended until at least May 18.”
The rest of Tucker’s statement was: “The NCHSAA Board of Directors and staff will use the next few weeks to weigh our future decisions based on the new directions given by Governor Cooper, other government leaders and organizations charged with public health and safety during this unprecedented time. Such decisions will include the possible resumption of spring sports competition and the possibility of holding the state basketball championships.
“While we remain hopeful that we will be able to resume competition, particularly for our senior student-athletes, we also recognize the need to protect the health and safety of our students, coaches and the communities we serve.”
With most spring sports teams having only played a few games before the shutdown, it seems unlikely that there will be much of a season left to salvage by May 18, when the NCHSAA playoffs have usually begun.
The NCHSAA-member schools in the Times readership area are Beddingfield, Fike, Hunt, Wilson Prep, C.B. Aycock, Greene Central, North Johnston, Southern Nash and SouthWest Edgecombe.
The North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association had also previously stopped all athletic competitions indefinitely, leaving it up to member institutions to decide on practices and workouts, while the North Carolina Christian School Association had stopped all athletic competitions through April 6. Greenfield School and Community Christian School are NCISAA members while Wilson Christian is in the NCCSA.