High school sports in the state have been put on hold due to concerns of COVID-19, which is commonly known as the coronavirus.
On Saturday, the Midsouth Association of Independent Schools announced that activities and athletic events will be cancelled or reconsidered on a week-to-week basis. Area schools in the MAIS are Bayou Academy and North Sunflower Academy.
On Monday, the Mississippi High School Activities Association announced that all competitions are suspended until Mar. 29.
Area schools in the MHSAA are Cleveland Central High School, Thomas E. Edwards High School, Northside High School, West Bolivar High School, Shaw High School and Ray Brooks High School.
The sports that are in season in the area are baseball, fastpitch softball (MHSAA), powerlifting (MHSAA), tennis, track, archery (MHSAA) and golf.
With the suspension of all sports, there is uncertainty particularly when it comes to postseason play. Local administrators have to play everything by ear.
“All we know at this point is no school or activities until Friday when they reevaluate the situations,” NSA athletic director Todd Kitchings said. “It is currently a week-by-week scenario.”
“We don’t know anything yet,” Bayou Academy athletic director Flip Godfrey said. “We should know more Wednesday.”
“Prior to the 29th, we will re-evaluate the situation with the coronavirus and make further determinations at that time about adjustments to the schedule,” CCHS athletic director Leroy Cotton said. “There will be a week acclimation period before games will start again. Playoff dates will be readjusted accordingly.”