No Surprise: Govenor Walz Saying Spring High School Sports Probably Won’t Happen
Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has said he is not anticipating the return of High School sports this Spring Season due to Covid-19 Pandemic. The Duluth News Tribune reports Walz saying " And to me, somebody who's been around as a high school coach for all those years, it just breaks my heart, said Walz, a former Mankato West assistant football coach. And I do think students losing contact with their classmates and losing contact with their teachers and coaches, it has a real detrimental effect."
Being someone who was a student athlete all through High School to lose out on a whole season of play would have real devastating effects on these students especially Seniors. For some of these students not only is this there final year of play, but could also effect college scholarships as well.
All Minnesota schools are ordered to remain closed until May 4 and Minnesota State High School League has suspended all sports until then for now. 34 states have closed the school year until the end of the year including Iowa and Wisconsin, as of right now Minnesota schools have not been canceled for the remainder of the year, but this is a real possibility.
According to Duluth News Tribune Walz said: "Those who have high school athletes in their family know that so much effort and excitement is put into this and then you're at a point where it's your pinnacle season and you're going to win a state championship, and all that was taken away,” he said. “… I don't want to set up any false expectations. I think anything you play close together where you're touching the same ball, or you're in large groups, that's going to be hard.”
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