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Spring sports season ends statewide

The spring season for high school sports is over.

Gov. Kay Ivey’s announcement of schools staying closed Thursday because of the coronavirus pandemic eliminated the restart of spring sports. State superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey said sports and bands are done for the year on the high school level, due to Ivey’s decision to close schools until fall.

“Unfortunately for sports and band, it means the end for this year,” State superintendent Eric Mackey said.

All five Dallas County public schools- Dallas County, Ellwood Christian Academy, Keith High, Selma High and Southside High- have baseball, softball and track teams in AHSAA.

AISA Executive Director Michael McClendon said that AISA has not canceled its spring sports.

“We have extended our suspension until April 17 at 5 p.m.,” McClendon said.

The two private schools- Morgan Academy and Meadowview Christian School- have multiple spring sports in AISA. The Senators golf and tennis teams are the defending AISA state champions. The Senators also field track, softball, baseball and soccer teams. MCS fields baseball, track and softball teams.

Practicing, weightlifting or conditioning under a coach’s supervision are also prohibited under the mandated closure.

Athletic Directors and boys basketball coaches Clifton Reeves of Keith and Southside’s Darrell Walker both said that health takes top priority.