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LHSAA cancels remaining sports seasons

Friday, April 10, 2020

It was a foregone conclusion that the clock was winding down, and on Thursday the final horn sounded.

Louisiana High School Athletics Association Executive Director Eddie Bonine sent out a press release Thursday announcingthe official cancellation of the rest of the state prep sports seasons for all remaining 2019-20 spring sports seasons and those respective spring sports championships.

“This decision was not in haste and was discussed with tremendous concern for those senior athletes being affected,” Bonine said. “We realize and concur with the argument about returning to normalcy and allowing seniors to have their moment, just like we did for boys’ basketball championships.

“Unfortunately, circumstances today are tremendously different than circumstances were that week in March.”

“We understand the hardships and disappointments everyone, especially the Class of 2020, is enduring due to the closure of school facilities, but our unwavering focus must now remain on doing our part by continuing to follow any/all mitigation measures set forth by our governor,” Bonine said.

Bonine concluded by saying that moving forward he along with designated LHSAA staff and the LHSAA Executive Committee will discuss potential permissive summer activities and/or make proactive plans for “if” the virus affects the opening of schools and potentially the beginning of the LHSAA-sanctioned fall sports seasons for 2020-2021.