WIAA was looking at some options until Monday’s total shutdown
WHATCOM — The high school spring sports season will not happen, at all, after all.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Monday announcement settles it. Fighting the coronavirus will keep all public and private K-12 schools in the state shut down for the rest of this school year.
Most schools got in a few days of organized spring sports turnout up to March 13. First competitive games or meets were coming. Then the governor made his first announcement closing all schools of the state immediately, through April 24.
The possibility of a return to school, and a spring sports season, already seemed unlikely when Inslee extended the general “stay home” order through May 4. Still, the Washington Interscholastic Activities Association said spring championships could occur if schools reopened. That chance went out the window on Monday.
Mick Hoffman, executive director of the WIAA, said last week the organization was looking at ways to highlight spring athletes, especially seniors, if the season didn’t go on as planned.
“The WIAA executive board and the WIAA staff feel for those students around the state that have had their seasons or career cut short,” a statement from the WIAA said. “This terrible disease has not only prevented students from creating lifelong memories through competition, it has limited the valuable lessons gained through participation in education-based athletics and activities.”
The statement also said the WIAA will continue to work with schools to navigate how else to proceed.