Idaho calls off spring season

New Plymouth shortstop Kenzie White throws the ball to first base for an out during a game at Fruitland High School on April 19, 2018. 

BOISE - The Idaho High School Association Board of Directors called an end to its 2019-2020 seasons on Friday morning, as all spring activities and state tournaments have been canceled.

Sports in almost every state nationwide have been canceled due to concerns over the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. The Oregon Schools Activities Association pulled the plug on its spring season on April 8. 

“We empathize with the students, schools and communities that this decision impacts,” a press release from the IHSAA states. “The IHSAA also understands the disappointment that this will have on our student participants, especially the seniors who were looking forward to a final culminating event.”

The decision by the IHSAA comes after the Idaho State Board of Education decided to extend the soft closure of schools for the remainder of the school year, with many schools statewide using Monday board meetings to announce that they will not be trying to reopen by the time summer rolls around.

Nik Streng is the sports reporter for the Argus Observer. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 2015 with a master's degree in journalism, after graduating from Pacific University in 2013 with a degree in creative writing.

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