Earliest return to schedule is April 27

WHATCOM — Last week, to combat the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order for all K-12 public and private schools to close until at least April 24.

With that directive, spring sports at all high schools in Washington state are on hold.

As of March 16, spring sports championships were still on as scheduled for May 23-30, according to the WIAA website.

Along with athletics, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association has postponed the state drama festival that was set to take place March 19-21 at Western Washington University as well as the state dance and drill competition that was scheduled for March 27-28 at the SunDome in Yakima.

In the Northwest Conference that encompasses Whatcom and Skagit county schools, all athletics are postponed until April 27 at the earliest. Coaches in the conference are currently able to give athletes workouts to do at home in the meantime.

There are currently no practices, games or meets happening at the high schools and athletic directors will reevaluate the situation as April 24 approaches.

The COVID-19 outbreak, first on the radar only three weeks ago, has surged in seriousness across the country to overwhelm all normal activities. As of last week, local high school coaches were still expecting their first competitive events to be this week. This all changed last Friday.

“Over the past couple weeks we have had to continually adjust and adapt as this health situation continues to evolve,” Lynden Christian athletic director Brenda Terpstra said in an email. “Thank you to the community for working with us and being patient as we’ve made changes to changes. We are working together within our school community and as the NWC to do the best we can for our student athletes.”