In an expected move once the state announced schools would remain closed and on distance learning the rest of the school year, the Florida High School Athletic Association has canceled spring sports state playoffs.
“We must ensure that we do not contribute to the spread of this illness. We are deeply saddened for our student-athletes who have seen their seasons and/or high school careers end so abruptly,” the FHSAA said in a release Monday. “Our Association knows the impact and role high school athletics play in the lives of so many and will continue to work towards the betterment of high school sports. We know this is a trying time, but the health and safety of all is of utmost importance to this Association.
The FHSAA spring sports that had state championships canceled: baseball, softball, flag football, boys volleyball, boys weightlifting, track, lacrosse, tennis and water polo.
Many of those seasons finished before they just got started. Most flag football teams were just three games into the season; the track squads had only had one or two meets; the huge Kowboy Invitational was set for March 14 at Osceola High; school and athletics were canceled the night before.
It was an abrupt end to their seasons — and an abrupt end to the careers of each team’s seniors. While some will play their sports in college after earning scholarships, others will be left with fond memories.
Here are messages from school athletic departments after the announcement was made by the FHSAA:
Unfortunately there will be no finish to the spring season. We love our athletes and we hate this for you, especially our Seniors. We will set a date to return uniforms & empty lockers. Continue to rock lessons! https://t.co/AHE35Dl1ZV
— Poinciana Athletics (@PNHS_Athletics) April 20, 2020
Well, I was hoping for the best, but with the announcement from the Governor that schools will continue distance learning only for the remainder of the school year, the Spring athletic season is finished. I truly feel for our senior athletes. Stay strong. #GoBulldogs
— St. Cloud Bulldog Athletics (@stcloudathletic) April 18, 2020
While we hoped for better news, it appears spring sports are over. My heart goes out to @CHSStormNation Seniors! Coaches, parents & athletes that have SR action or group photos please send my way. #WeAre #StormProud @osvarsity @Phoulballs @sdocathletics @CelebrationTH pic.twitter.com/QBABtnWTkp
— WeAre…OneStormNation (@CHSStormNation) April 19, 2020