MECHANICSBURG – In news not all that surprising from the PIAA, there will be no spring scholastic sports season this year. Under the PIAA's plan, sports teams were due to begin playing games as soon as Aug. 20, when golf matches were due to begin. “It’s certainly disappointing selfishly for our baseball program but for all the spring sports in general,” he said. I can certainly understand (the PIAA’s) position.”. Thirteen are in Montgomery County. Their thoughts remain on the thousands of student-athletes, coaches, officials and family members affected by this decision,” PIAA executive director Bob Lombardi said in a statement. The baseball field at Valley View High School in Archbald on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The PIAA left those decisions to the schools, … The PIHL followed suit with the Penguins Cup playoffs. Pennsylvania Gov. 1 Comment. “I have nine seniors I’m never going to get to coach again. “But every effort was made to hold out hope as long as possible, and for that we are grateful. Mars Area is reflected in their runner-up trophy after their game against Neumann-Goretti during the PIAA Class AAA boys basketball championship on Friday, March 18, 2016 at the Giant Center in Hershey, Pa. Neumann-Goretti won 99-66. They’re probably going to be pretty bummed. The sports that are subject to cancellation are basketball, cross country, indoor track & field, soccer, and swimming. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) is a non-profit corporation organized to eliminate abuses, establish uniform rules, and place interscholastic athletics in the overall context of secondary education. MECHANICSBURG – In news not all that surprising from the PIAA, there will be no spring scholastic sports season this year. PIAA officials suspended the state basketball tournament and Class AA swimming championships March 12. This move officially puts an end to that. Tom Wolf on Aug. 6 urged that scholastic … by: Chad Krispinsky Posted: Apr 9, 2020 / 03:11 PM EDT / Updated: Apr 9, 2020 / 03:17 PM EDT “There are many different avenues, and I’m not even sure if there is a solution, but we’re working toward one.”. PIAA please don’t cancel this spring sports season just yet, let’s see what happens to this monster of a virus in the coming weeks before children are robbed of memories and the moment of accomplishing dreams. “This was not an easy decision but closing schools until the end of the academic year is in the best interest of our students, school employees and families.”. The PIAA already postponed the end of winter sports season, but … Lebanon vs. Cheltenham game would be rescheduled. Baseball and softball fields across Western Pennsylvania also are quiet. “We are all well aware and saddened by the impact this decision has on the student-athletes both in the WPIAL and across the PIAA,” WPIAL associate executive director Amy Scheuneman said. That’s the goal.”. In part, the PIAA statement read: In accordance with Governor Wolf’s announcement […] Cathell added that if all sports are cancelled until 2021, the PSFCA would immediately begin conversation to … “We need to take a systematic progression to this,” Lombardi said. April 9, 2020 Admin Baseball, Softball, Sports, Tennis, Track & Field. Thursday was supposed to the annual Lady Spartan/Wildcat Invitational where hundreds of track and field athletes would gather and compete. So these two weeks maybe will help them.”. There have been 18,228 confirmed covid-19 cases and 338 deaths across the state. The 32-member PIAA board of directors and the five-person executive staff held a conference call Thursday morning to discuss the situation. The PIAA might need to find an alternate championship site if Giant Center is unavailable, he said. PIAA cancels winter championships, spring sports for rest of school year 4/9/2020 Protests delay massive vaccination effort at Dodger stadium; Guantanamo vaccinations paused: Today's key COVID updates “As we navigate through this difficult time we need to remember the lessons that interscholastic athletics has taught us: cooperation, patience, sacrifice, responsibility, respect and perseverance.”. “Today, Governor Wolf issue a statement of strongly recommending no interscholastic and recreational sports until January 1,” the PIAA said in a statement. “We will continue to wait for direction from the governor in regards to summer workouts and when it is deemed safe to gather in groups again,” Scheuneman said. Tom Wolf announced all schools in the state will remain closed for the remainder of the school year as people all over the world deal with the coronavirus pandemic. “We are tremendously disappointed in this decision. “I don’t know if there’s a right answer in any of this,” Lombardi said. Tom Wolf orders schools to remain closed By Jon Sauber. “The way I look at it, all the underclassmen are going to miss a year of work and will be a year behind. You feel bad for them. Practices for spring sports season in baseball, softball, boys volleyball, boys and girls lacrosse and track and field were underway for nearly two weeks before the PIAA ordered a shutdown. Boys basketball teams from Butler, Mt. According to the PIAA, 17 other states have ended their sports seasons, as well. “They didn’t see a lot of in-game action last year. It’s disappointing for sure.”. “It was a good group of seniors, well kept under the radar,” Derry volleyball coach Shawn Spencer said. “We must continue our efforts to mitigate the spread of the virus during this national crisis,” Wolf said in a statement. “It’s terrible for all those guys. That means the Bucktail Lady Bucks will not be able to defend their first-ever District 4 championship, that the Central Mountain baseball and softball … Wolf and his administration to work with them and discuss fall sports. “The response shouldn’t be at zero and it shouldn’t be at 100. “A lot of these athletes train year-round. That’s the date set for a possible return to competition by the Public League, which suspended interscholastic competition in August. It’s been a successful year. The Derry boys volleyball team reached the PIAA Class AA playoffs last season, and despite graduating a deep group of upperclassmen, the Trojans had high expectations for the 2020 campaign. An hour after the PIAA announced its … The high school bowling state championships also were postponed. — PIAA (@PIAASports) April 9, 2020 PIAA officials suspended the state basketball tournament and Class AA swimming championships March 12. … Further information will be provided as we continue to monitor CDC and PA Department of Health Regulations. I thought we were going to be able to surprise a lot of people out there and make a push.”. Admin April 9, 2020. If you follow it in a systematic way, you can get the most up-to-date information at every stage and make the most educated decision you can. The PIAA released a statement Thursday afternoon announcing the cancelation of the remaining winter championships and the spring sports season. There is still about a month and a half to go until the start of the 2020 high school football season, but rumors have already begun to come up that the PIAA is considering canceling … VIDEO: Rebel Yell Podcast: Boys Basketball Coaches Spotlight: Jeannette, VIDEO: Rebel Yell Podcast: Girls Basketball Coaches Spotlight – Southmoreland, Greensburg Salem plays first game of season … finally, © 2021 TribLIVE High School Sports Network | All rights reserved, What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 5, 2021: Rivals jockey for section lead, Westmoreland basketball notebook: Jeannette fights through injuries, A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Dylan Cook hits 1,000 points for high-scoring Leechburg, What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 4, 2021: Crowded at the top in girls hoops, High school roundup for Feb. 3, 2021: Herrera-Rondon sets Seneca Valley wins record. Lebanon over a boys basketball game. Wolf made the decision upon consultation with Education Secretary Petro Rivera and Dr. Rachel Levine, the state health secretary. Tom Wolf’s announcement Thursday that Pennsylvania schools would be closed for in-school classes for … Hempfield has won five straight WPIAL softball championships and a sixth looked attainable, with nine seniors returning for veteran coach Bob Kalp. But the emotional factor … I feel sad.”. “You can’t just remove one season and pretend everything will be back to normal next year,” he said. However, we must respect the governor’s orders and do our part to help stop the spread of this virus and the detrimental impact it is taking on our country as a whole.”. “It’s more important to get America safe.”. You can contact Chris by email at charlan@triblive.com or via Twitter . Also subject are women’s sports in … We’re just all thinking how disappointing it is for everyone. The PIAA is asking Gov. PIAA: With all spring sports cancelled, some officials were hoping to get their $45 fee back. PIAA Sports: Spring sports coaches react to the PIAA's decision to cancel the season Apr 9, 2020 The spring sports season was officially cancelled on Thursday afternoon. High School Sports PIAA extends athletics’ COVID-19 hiatus as Gov. Lombardi said he doesn’t want to see schools stigmatized for taking similar actions. I can’t imagine, especially, what the seniors are thinking.”. We’ve got to follow a progression. Our member schools have worked diligently to develop health and safety plans to allow students the safe return to interscholastic athletics.” The PIAA … “The perception from the outside is, ‘Oh, you’ve got a problem. “We’re very disappointed all this has transpired. Assuming the PIAA basketball playoffs resume, the Mt. … Kalp said he felt terrible for his seniors, but also knows this could have a lasting affect on the program, which is 419-105-1 during his 23-year tenure. Until then, … The Leechburg softball team has qualified for the WPIAL playoffs 33 consecutive seasons. The PIAA canceled the spring sports season in April as the coronavirus pandemic deepened across Pennsylvania. CHECK OUT WGAL:Stay in the know with the top stories of the day. Hempfield’s Christian Zilli during baseball practice at Hempfield Area High School on Monday, March 6, 2020. I totally get that it’s the right thing to do, and I understand the safety. I can’t imagine going to school 12 years and having it end like this.”. lebanon, North Allegheny, North Catholic, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart, Penn-Trafford, Peters Township, Pine-Richland, Ringgold, Rochester, Seneca Valley, Sto-Rox, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, VIDEO: Rebel Yell Podcast: Boys Basketball Coaches Spotlight: Jeannette, VIDEO: Rebel Yell Podcast: Girls Basketball Coaches Spotlight – Southmoreland, Greensburg Salem plays first game of season … finally, © 2021 TribLIVE High School Sports Network | All rights reserved, all schools in the state will remain closed, 18,228 confirmed covid-19 cases and 338 deaths, What to watch for in WPIAL sports for Feb. 5, 2021: Rivals jockey for section lead, Westmoreland basketball notebook: Jeannette fights through injuries, A-K Valley boys basketball notebook: Dylan Cook hits 1,000 points for high-scoring Leechburg, What to watch for in WPIAL sports on Feb. 4, 2021: Crowded at the top in girls hoops, High school roundup for Feb. 3, 2021: Herrera-Rondon sets Seneca Valley wins record. That means the Bucktail Lady Bucks will not be able to defend their first-ever District 4 championship, that the Central Mountain baseball and softball teams … “However, the board’s position reflects a steadfast priority of keeping our student-athletes, officials and member schools’ staffs and their communities safe, while following the guidelines provided by the governor, the department of health and the department of education.”, https://t.co/MIBIIjiEud pic.twitter.com/nQBh32skav. “Obviously, I’m heartbroken for all the kids, all the seniors,” said Carr, whose team went 15-7 last season and reached the PIAA playoffs. Bill Hartlep is the sports editor of the Tribune-Review. The North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Seneca Valley and Peters Township hockey teams had qualified for the PIHL Penguins Cup Class AAA semifinals. In response, the PIAA board of directors decided to cancel spring sports competition and the remainder of the winter sports championships that had been postponed. Dozens of Western Pennsylvania athletes also had qualified for the PIAA Class AA swimming and diving championships and the state bowling championships. Thursday, April 9, 2020 | 3:19 PM. “This is serious,” Lombardi said. They canceled the league’s junior high tournament and girls mini-season but kept the varsity games on hold, hoping there still will be an opportunity for them to be played. I have a senior here at home (Trojans boys basketball player Hans Rottmann), as well. Those diamonds were supposed to be home to moments that will stay with players for a lifetime. “The coaches and kids were really looking forward to the season,” Hempfield track and field coach Ron Colland said. “We finished on a 17-game winning streak, won the section and won the WPIAL. Tom Wolf’s decision to close schools for the remainder of the academic year, the PIAA announced that the winter sports championship and the entirety of the spring sports season has been cancelled. Following Governor Tom Wolf’s announcement on Thursday that Pennsylvania schools will be closed to in‐person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) cancelled all remaining Winter and Spring sports … You’d like some closure, but this is a serious time. The postponements “will allow schools time to perform self-assessments and make decisions to promote optimal health conditions in their communities,” the PIAA said in a statement announcing the decision. The statewide school shutdown affects more than 1.7 million students in public and private K-12 schools. The three seniors I have, it probably would have been the last time they play softball.”. — PIAA (@PIAASports) March 12, 2020 Connecticut already cancelled the remainder of its winter sports seasons. PIAA Spring Sports Officially Cancelled. “You held out hope that maybe we could get back in the early part of the summer and piece something together. But Debbi Young’s team won’t get a chance to continue that streak this spring. The WPIAL sent a notice to schools Thursday saying that spring sports schedules remain a local decision at this time. “Today’s decision by the PIAA board of directors was difficult for everyone. The seasons had been postponed with the hope of returning at some point this season. Tom Wolf issued a strong recommendation on Thursday that all school sports season be canceled until Jan. 1 in order to reduce the spread of COVID-19. “If we’re all diligent and can work together on this, maybe we can reduce the risk and everybody stays healthier. “We had maintained hope for a continuation of our winter championships and an abbreviated spring season to help bring a sense of normalcy to our communities,” Lombardi added. Lombardi said he’s optimistic that the PIAA basketball playoffs will resume at some point. #piaaswimming The PIAA 2A Swimming and Diving Championships have been postponed. Lebanon, North Catholic, Lincoln Park, Beaver Falls, OLSH, Sto-Rox, Bishop Canevin and Cornell remained in the PIAA tournament. The PIAA didn't have the foresight to make a declaration in June that fall sports should be delayed. “We’ve had a successful year,” said Butler boys basketball coach Matt Clement, whose team advanced to the PIAA Class 6A quarterfinals and was awaiting a matchup with McDowell. Pennsylvania Gov. “I knew it was a possibility and going to be the case, but the finality of it makes me sad,” said North Catholic girls basketball coach Molly Rottmann, whose team won the WPIAL Class 4A title and had advanced to the PIAA quarterfinals. “We are certainly hopeful that fall sports will remain intact as scheduled.”. It’s been nearly four weeks since the PIAA suspended boys’ and girls’ basketball and the Class 2A swimming and diving championships on March 12 due to growing concerns over the novel coronavirus. That’s why you’re doing (the cleaning),’” Lombardi said. MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – Fall sports aren’t canceled yet. Boys tennis matches had also been contested. PIAA officials are planning for summer activities to begin July 1, but said it is too early to make any decisions regarding that date or the status of fall sports preseason workouts. The PIAA officially cancelled all 2019-2020 winter and Spring sports on Thursday afternoon. An hour after the PIAA announced its decision, the Ohio High School Athletic Association postponed that state’s winter sports championships indefinitely. The news comes largely in … READ THE FULL STORY:PIAA cancels winter championships, spring sports for rest of school year. The field at Valley View High School sits empty and will remain so for the season. The PIAA wants to avoid standoffs between school districts like happened Wednesday between Cheltenham and Mt. Organization holds off on canceling seasons as coronavirus precautions taken The PIAA is in a holding pattern regarding the completion of the … PIHL commissioner John Mucha and the league’s board members met Wednesday night. The news many of us felt coming is now officially here. PIAA Winter Championships Postponement due to Coronavirus (COVID-19): https://t.co/PLM3Aw85Oq. “We thought that with some of the other things that are going on, not just with other state associations but nationally, the situation is getting to a point where we need to get in front of it,” Lombardi said. Connecticut already cancelled the remainder of its winter sports seasons. Hampton infielder Tanner Gill takes a late throw during a scrimmage game against Butler March 12, 2020. PIAA Spring Sports Officially Cancelled. The Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association, Inc. (PIAA) is a non-profit corporation organized to eliminate abuses, establish uniform rules, and place interscholastic athletics in the overall context of secondary education. That’s after the announcement from the PIAA that all Spring sports and Winter championships have been cancelled. The board of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association had delayed the start of fall sports after Gov. “I hate that (the players) keep getting bad news. In Philadelphia, the start of winter sports for high school teams is expected to be delayed until Jan. 1 at the earliest. After Gov. The state basketball tournaments and the Class AA swimming championship were suspended Thursday as the PIAA joined a growing list of sports organizations impacted by the virus. Lebanon refused to play Cheltenham. Tags: Baldwin, Beaver, Beaver Falls, Bethel Park, Bishop Canevin, Butler, Carrick, Chartiers Valley, Cornell, Derry Area, Ellis School, Freeport, Hempfield, Indiana, Latrobe, Leechburg, Lincoln Park, Mohawk, Mt. It’s definitely going to affect the level of play in my mind.”. Cheltenham, a public school district in the Eastern Pa. county hardest-hit by covid-19, closed its school buildings this week to conduct “deep cleaning and disinfecting.”. By: Bill Hartlep On Thursday following Pennsylvania Gov. Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 11:32 AM. The PIAA is expected to release a statement later Thursday. “That’s not fair to the schools. You can contact Bill at bhartlep@triblive.com or via Twitter @TribHSInsider. Chris Harlan is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. Freeport baseball coach Ed Carr choked up thinking of his senior players who won’t get to play their final high school season. The PIAA will reassess the coronavirus situation in two weeks, said executive director Bob Lombardi, and decide then whether to resume the winter sports championships. That was me being hopeful,” Young said. Each school can decide independently whether to play. Girls basketball teams from North Allegheny, Bethel Park, Trinity, Chartiers Valley, Thomas Jefferson, North Catholic, Mohawk, Beaver, Ellis School and Rochester were still alive in the PIAA tournament. “It was disheartening,” he said. Baldwin and Latrobe in Class AA, Thomas Jefferson and Indiana in Class A and Carrick and Ringgold in Class B had reached the championship games. The spring sports season and the conclusion of the winter sports championships were As of Thursday afternoon, there were 22 presumptive positive or confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania, according to the Pa. Department of Health. 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