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Cheney's Charles Johnson, center, won the State 2A Boys 200 Meter Dash on Saturday, May 26, 2018, in Tacoma, Wash. The WIAA confirmed the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season was canceled with Gov. Inslee’s closure of the school year due to the spread of coronavirus. (Patrick Hagerty / SR)

Season’s over: WIAA officially announces cancellation of spring sports

The remaining hope high school athletes and coaches were clinging to for a return to the spring sports season has ended.

Following Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement of school closures through the end of the school year Monday, the Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association confirmed the order covered high school sports.

“The WIAA has received clarification that the order issued … includes the cancellation of all in-person extracurricular athletics and activities through the end of the school year,” the release said.

“This will include all regular season contests and practices as well as all postseason tournaments and championship events.”

Washington became the 14th state to close school for the year.

Last week, WIAA director Mick Hoffman released a video message which stated if schools could reopen by May 4 the WIAA could “provide some type of culminating events.”

Inslee’s announcement scuttled those plans.

Almost immediately after the governor’s midday order, the WIAA released a statement saying it was “awaiting more information” before announcing the cancellation of spring sports.

That information, and subsequent cancellation of spring sports, became public in early evening.

In Idaho, the state board of education voted unanimously Monday to extend the “soft closure” of all public schools from April 20 until the end of the school year.

But the announcement came with a caveat – individual school districts or municipalities could reopen schools if local and state social distancing orders are lifted and re-entry criteria to be established by the state board have been met.

The board will reportedly set those criteria at next week’s meeting.

The Idaho High School Activities Association is scheduled to meet Tuesday to discuss the board’s decision. Previously, IHSAA officials have stated they would follow the guidelines and recommendations set forth by the school board.

Last week, the IHSAA extended its suspension of all spring sports activities from April 5 to April 20, falling in line with Gov. Brad Little’s stay-home order and the state board’s mandate of all schools remaining closed through that day.

This post was updated to reflect WIAA’s early-evening statement.