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Written by: Billy Splain on Monday, August 24th, 2020
It’s getting tough to write these articles. So much happening so fast lately. We’ll knock them off one at a time:
Last night the Valley View school district voted to allow fall sports to continue, then today they announced they are pausing all fall sports for two weeks due to a possible exposure by several athletes to someone from another district who tested positive. This comes on the heals of neighboring district Abington Heights voting to cancel fall sports.
Carbondale Area, also located near Scranton, voted to not hold fall sports last night.
In the WPIAL, they held their board meeting today and according WPIAL executive director Amy Scheuneman The league has not been informed of any other schools that will opt out of any sports. THIS announcement comes on the heals of our first Covid-19 cancellation. Mt Lebanon will quarantine due to a football player testing positive for covid. They will try to resume after September 1. Also of note, Elizabeth Forward is also under a 14 day quarantine after a student tested positive and players may have been exposed.
News from the Colonial League has them voting to push the start of league play back to the 25th of September, but, those teams are permitted to seek out games to fill the slots before that date. They also voted to postpone the merger with the Schuylkill league until next year.
In the Mid Penn, playoff formats were formed. They reduced football playoffs. In Class 6A, only 4 teams make the playoffs. Class 5A from 14 to 4, 4A reduced from 10 to 4, 3A gets 6 teams and 2A gets 2. Class 1A remains the same.
In other news, Unionville also announced they will not proceed with fall sports.
And finally today, the biggest axe to fall was in the Philadelphia Catholic League where they joined the Public League in postponing fall sports. The league put out a statement:
After much careful thought, consultation, and prayer a decision has been reached that all of our high schools will opt out of participation in interscholastic competition for the fall 2020 season. We recognize that this news is disappointing to many of our students, families and coaches, particularly our seniors. It saddens us greatly as well. We recognize the value of athletics as part of our educational philosophy that seeks to provide for the holistic formation of young men and women of character. This is not the scenario any of us desired.
We are confident that PIAA will seek to provide alternative solutions for those entities opting out of fall programs in the coming semester. The pandemic has made every aspect of life unpredictable for all of us over the past several months. As we continue to live in a time of uncertainty, it would be imprudent to speculate regarding an exact time when competitions will resume or regarding the status of spring semester athletics. In keeping with our commitment, we will share timely information with you about developments and decisions affecting our schools. The full statement can be seen here: STATEMENT FROM PCL
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