Pennsylvania, Maine Cancel Remaining Winter Championships And Spring Sports, Ohio Releases Tentative
On Thursday, high school athletic associations in Maine and Pennsylvania announced the cancellation of the spring sports season. In Pennsylvania, the remaining winter championships were also cancelled which included the boys and girls basketball championships as well as the 2A swimming championships. The Maine Principals' Association made their decision to cancel the spring sports season following the Department of Education recommending that schools throughout the state should remain closed for the rest of the 2019-2020 academic school year on Tuesday. In a statement released by MPA, director, Michael Burnham said, "It is with regret that the Maine Principals' Association announces the cancellation 2020 spring athletic season," adding that the decision was not an easy one for the MPA to make, however necessary in supporting recommendations from the Governor's office.
In Pennsylvania, Governor Tom Wolf announced early Thursday that schools would remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-2020 academic school year and later in the day, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association released a statement in which PIAA executive director Dr. Robert Lombardi stated that the decision to cancel the remaining winter championships and the spring sports season "was difficult for everyone". Lombardi added that the PIAA had hopes of being able to finish out the winter championships and host a shortened spring season but as Governor Wolf recommended that the state needed to shut down, PIAA felt it was necessary to follow his lead.
In Ohio, following the states' announcement that the target date for schools to reopen had been updated to May 4th, the Ohio High School Athletic Association notified all of its member schools that a tentative start date for spring sports would now be May 9th should schools reopen on May 4th with all championships held in June.