MHSA suspends spring sports seasons

Civic Center closes as well
Matthew Strissel
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

In a press release sent March i6, MHSA Executive Director Mark Beckman announced the indefinite suspension of all MHSA spring activities. This includes both practices and contests.

“The Executive Board will reevaluate this situation on April 13, and any additional information regarding spring activities will be provided as it becomes available,” Beckman said in the press release.

Normally before any high school athlete can compete in competition, there is a requirement they much have at least io practices beforehand. Beckman said this rule will change, if the spring sports season can be salvaged.

“If spring activities are resumed, the practice requirement for sports at that time will be five practices from resumption, except for golf which will be the normal two practices required,” Beckman said.

The press release also included each conference will adjust their post-season formats as necessary, per MHSA approval.

The announcement came in the wake of Montana Governor Steve Bullock announcing a mandate for all Montana schools to be closed until March 27. Lewistown Public Schools and the surrounding school districts have followed suit and are closing for the next couple weeks. This forces the Civic Center to close it’s doors for the same duration.

“With all the schools closed, we can’t have all the kids coming in,” said Fergus High School Athletic Director and Civic Center Director Jim Daniels. “That would defeat the purpose. As much as we would like to stay open, we are forced to keep our doors shut for a little while.”

After the mandate is lifted, the situation will be reevaluated, and more information will be available as the situation progresses.

“We’re hoping after two weeks, like the schools, we can see where we’re at,” Daniels said. “But it will be at least a few weeks until then.”

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