S.C. HIGH SCHOOL LEAGUE, SCISAA officially end spring sports seasons
It was the news high school senior student-athletes had hoped to never hear.
Once S.C. Gov. Henry McMaster and Superintendent Molly Spearman jointly announced Wednesday all public schools would remain closed the rest of the year, their worst fears became a reality.
Both the S.C. High School League and S.C. Independent School Associations all confirmed the cancellation of the remaining portion of the spring sports schedule.
“It’s said,” SCHSL Commissioner Jerome Singleton said. “A lot of communities, a lot of parents, coaches, administration, especially student-athletes, they put a lot of time for this spring season and my heart goes out to the seniors. But, based on the statement made by the governor, there’s no in-person school, then we’ve always followed that guideline that if there’s no schooling going on, no competition can take place.”
“While we were hopeful that we would be able to resume, we recognized the need to protect the health and safety of our students, coaches and the communities we serve,” SCISA Athletics Director Michael Fanning said.
Both leagues indicated it will follow the governor’s lead when it comes to resuming sports. Each is looking at around June 1 as the date to reevaluate the resumption of summer activities if the governor eases restrictions.
“If the appropriate medical agencies would provide guidelines and procedures that would allow for athletic events to resume before June 1, then SCISA would work with member schools in scheduling exhibition games, especially designed for seniors to be recognized and finish their career on his or her field of play,” Fanning said.
Singleton said they would follow its summer calendar when it comes to workouts, passing leagues. The S.C. High School League also voted unanimously to waive the “dead period” in July for sports if the restrictions are lifted by the governor.
Needless to say, the decision drew reaction from coaches around Chronicle Country.
“As a coach I always cry at the end of the season,” Gray Collegiate girls soccer coach Emily Heise tweeted. “When you get to reflect on what the season was, what legacy the seniors have left, the goals reached...it’s so raw and emotional! Today was no different! I’m going to miss my kids and am so proud they chose (Gray Collegiate soocer).”
“All about safety 1st, academics 2nd and then sports come after that,” Lexington District 1 Athletics Director David Bennett said.