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Spring sports and activities canceled

By 
Ryan Peerboom — Enterprise Staff Writer
Thursday, April 23, 2020
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Park High Ranger Matt Netley competes in a track and field event May 25, 2019.

足球滚球比分High school spring sports and activities are officially over in Montana for the 2019-2020 school year. 

After hope that the season would go on, the Montana High School Association canceled spring sports and activities on Wednesday after the guidelines for resuming in-person instruction in schools were detailed by Gov. Bullock in a press conference, according to a press release from MHSA Executive Director Mark Beckman.

Local spring sports are track and field, tennis, softball and Class C golf.

The MHSA had held out hope for going forth with spring sports and activities in an abbreviated capacity, but it set a hard deadline of May 4 for the resumption of school. 

足球滚球比分Gov. Bullock announced Wednesday that schools have the option of returning on May 7, forcing the MHSA to cancel the spring season. 

“Because of the previous MHSA Board action, resumption of spring activities depended on our student’s ability to return to in-person instruction without restrictions by May 4th and if in-person instruction didn’t resume by that time without restrictions, spring activities would be cancelled,” Beckman said.  “The spring 2020 (season) is cancelled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic which is affecting communities across our country.”

足球滚球比分Beckman reiterated the MHSA’s desire to continue with activities, but the option for some schools to continue with at-home learning made the resumption of sports and activities too difficult. 

“The MHSA Executive Board proceeded with cautious optimism holding on to hope to realistically resume spring activities,” he said. “It would be difficult to conduct meaningful spring activities from this late date, with many schools deciding not to return to in-person instruction, with the social distancing recommendations still in place, and along with many other factors.”

Although he was hoping the season could continue, Park High Activities Director Nate Parseghian said the full cancellation of spring activities was “probably inevitable.”

“I was anticipating that this was probably going to happen,” Parseghian said 

He feels for the students who worked hard for a season they ultimately won’t get to participate in, Parseghian said.

足球滚球比分“Number one, my heart goes out to the kids that have worked (so hard),” he said. 

足球滚球比分He made a specific note about the seniors who won’t get to play in their final season in school.

“Particularly, the seniors who aren’t going to have the opportunity to compete for their school their senior year,” he added.

Parseghian commended the coaches for being prepared for a shortened season. 

Similarly, Beckman also mentioned the outgoing seniors. 

“We empathize with all the students, schools and communities that this decision impacts, and especially with the many seniors that have shown maturity and resolve as their culminating year of high school has been impacted beyond activities and athletics due to this COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

足球滚球比分The MHSA plans to resume sports and activities as planned for the next school year, but they are developing plans in case the pandemic extends into the fall, Beckman said.

“We look forward to the resumption of high school activities during the 2020-2021 school year with some level of normalcy,” he said. “Our office will be entirely focused on contingency plans for the 2020 fall season and beyond, should they be needed.”