May would be earliest return for spring sports

Posted: Apr. 3, 2020 4:22 pm Updated: Apr. 3, 2020 4:26 pm

The Missouri high school spring sports season will be delayed until at least the beginning of May due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Most local schools have canceled classes until May 1, and will re-evaluate the situation as it gets closer to that date. The best case scenario would have high school sports resume soon after.

The Hannibal School District extended their closure until April 30, and closed all of their facilities, including Korf Gymnasium and Porter Stadium.

Hannibal athletic director Clint Graham said there has been no practices or group meetings for spring sports since the school closure began in mid-March.

“We actually have all of our facilities locked up … to keep away large crowds,” Graham said. “It's going to be (nice out) and Porter Stadium would be packed with kids and people out walking. We are doing what we can to encourage people to stay away, so we can get back to normal daily routines as soon as we can.”

Graham said if school does resume on May 1, student-athletes would have to get in several more practices to reach the 14 preseason practices to be eligible to participate in spring sports.

“I'm just encouraging my coaches to reach out to their teams, both in-season and out of season,” Graham said. “Just to check in on them and provide some workouts for them they can do individually at home. Trying to keep them positive as a team in difficult times.”

The Palmyra School District has extended their school closure until May 4. The earliest they could resume spring sports is May 5, and the Palmyra School Board will re-evaluate the situation later this month.

The Monroe City School District has also decided to tentatively resume classes on May 4.

“MSHSAA released a statement earlier this week that no spring sports will be pushed into the summer,” said Monroe City athletic director Cody Leonard. “As of now, all sporting events during this time frame we are out (of school) are canceled.”

As far now, Monroe City sporting events after May 4 are on the schedule.

“End of season sporting events such as districts, the rest of the postseason and the last few baseball games are at this moment still on the calendar, but to be honest, I will be shocked if any of them happen,” Leonard said. “At this time, I will not be shocked if fall sports take on a very different view than what we are used to having.”

The Mark Twain School District canceled classes until April 15, but that may be extended when their school board meets next week. Tigers athletic director Cody McCann said he is not sure when or if spring sports will resume.

The Marion County School District has closed until April 8, and their school board will decide on Monday on rather to extend the closure past that date.

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