ALPENA, Mich. (WBKB-TV) — At around 1 p.m. Friday afternoon, the Michigan High School Athletic Association has decided to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 Winter and Spring sports seasons. This is in compliance with the Apr. 2 “state of disaster” directive by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. For the remainder of the school year, schools will be closed. However, education will still go on as teachers will be holding their lectures online for students. This is to help decrease the spread of the coronavirus.
This will be the first school year to not see MHSAA Finals played in multiple sports since 1942-43, when World War II led to the elimination of Finals in most sports.
“I feel extremely bad for the kids and coaches,” said Johannesburg-Lewiston athletic director Joe Smokevitch. “However, for the best of the population, it’s the right thing to do.”
In the coming weeks, the MHSAA will be providing guidelines and other information related to this unusual offseason.