Prep sports: MSHSL cancels the spring sports season

No practices, activities, events, meets or games will be played because of the coronavirus pandemic


BROOKLYN CENTER — The Minnesota State High School League this afternoon announced that all spring sports activities be canceled for the 2019-20 school year.

It's in response to Gov. Tim Walz's declaration that schools remain closed for the rest of the school year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

"This difficult decision was one we had hoped we would not need to make," said Erich Martens, the MSHSL's executive director. "Our activities and athletics offer so much to so many students and their school communities, and we thank all who work to provide these amazing opportunities to students.

"We also value the incredible benefits of strong and supportive connections between students and their advisors, and our hope is that these will continue even during the time when they are not able to participate or meet face to face."

Before Thursday, all schools were to remain closed until May 4, according to the governor's stay-at-home order. That changed during Walz's public information teleconference Thursday.

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