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IHSAA cancels Indiana high school spring sports seasons

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When high school athletes take off their uniform for the final time in their careers, it’s always traumatic.

Imagine not knowing it was the last time.

Following the announcement on Thursday by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb and Superintendent of Public Instruction Jennifer McCormick that closed all schools for the remainder of the school year, the IHSAA cancelled the 2019-2020 Spring Sports season.

“It is imperative that our students, coaches, officials, administrators and parents be encouraged in every manner to adhere to the guidance provided by our leadership. The Association understands the extreme seriousness of this pandemic and joins in support of current measures being implemented as well as future considerations,” the IHSAA said in a press release. “In unwavering support yet with extreme sadness, we must cancel our spring sports programming. We join all Hoosiers in anticipation of a triumphant homecoming back to our schools in the fall of 2020 complete with a full complement of IHSAA sports.”

The Trojans’ spring teams, including the softball team, were eyeing more post-season success. The softball team won the IHSAA Sectional title in 2019.

“I would say that it’s very disappointing for everyone, especially our seniors,” Chesterton Softball coach Dan Lynch said. “We were anticipating another very good year and now that’s gone.”

On the track, the Trojans’ sent participants to the State Finals at IU and were in position to do it again.

“We obviously knew that this was a possibility for some time now,” CHS Boys Track coach Bryan Nallenweg said. “It’s without a doubt the right decision, but it’s heartbreaking especially for the seniors. Nobody wants their senior season to end this way.”

“During these unprecedented times, I think all of the spring coaches are disappointed,” CHS Girls Track coach Lindsay Moskalick said. “We have to respect and understand the athlete’s health and safety is our utmost concern. My heart goes out to our senior athletes as this is not the year they pictured.”

The final IHSAA competition of the year was the Girls Gymnastics State Finals at Ball State University on March 14. Chesterton won its third consecutive State Championship and Valparaiso was the runner-up.

“We are supportive of the decision that was made. This is the right decision, no question about it,” Chesterton Athletic Director Garry Nallenweg said. “We have to trust what our leaders are telling us and that they are providing the correct guidance. I feel horrible for all of our athletes and coaches, especially our seniors.

“We’re hopeful that the schools will be back in the Fall and there will be some degree of normalcy.”


Posted 4/3/2020





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