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IESA cancels spring sports

By Josh Brown
Daily Record

Yet another section of the sports landscape has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak that is running rampant through the United States.

Following a teleconference Friday, the Illinois Elementary School Association (IESA) made the decision to cancel all remaining state series activities, which effectively brought the spring sports season to an end before it could even begin.

Among the cancellations are the bowling, scholastic bowl and track and field state series, as well as all remaining music contests.

"This is sad day for all of us associated with the IESA, our students and our member schools," IESA Executive Director Steve Endsley said in a press release. "The last thing we want to do is cancel events which impact students and schools. The bowling state series, the scholastic bowl state series and the music events were scheduled to take place during the time when schools are closed by the mandate of the Governor. The sectional track and field meets were scheduled for May 8-9 and May 15-16, with the state meets scheduled for May 15-16 and May 22-23. If schools re-open on May 1 it would be practically impossible for schools to conduct practices and regular season track meets prior to the sectional meets. To ask students to compete without any practice time or regular season meets would jeopardize the health and safety of the very kids we serve. Above all, we have to remember that the COVID-19 situation is bigger than any school event. We encourage everyone to follow all of the recommended guidelines to slow the spread of this disease. Our hope is that schools and students are able to return to the fields, diamonds and courts this fall and we can cheer on our teams, hear the wonderful sound of officials' whistles and watch teammates celebrating victories."

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