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AUSTIN—The University Internal League announced last week a new extension on its suspension of all UIL sanctioned activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic until at least May 4. All practices, contests, workouts and rehearsals will remain suspended until further notice.
Before May 4, the UIL said it will allow its member schools a, “reasonable acclimatization period,” for rehearsals and practices to occur.
Nearly every spring sport, including softball, baseball, track and field, tennis and golf, along with other UIL activities such as one-act play, are affected by the suspension.
The UIL indefinitely suspended the boys basketball state tournament last Thursday after completing Class A semifinals where Slidell downed Jayton along with the 3A semifinals.
All three Knox County schools advanced bi-district in one-act plays.
The UIL said it would attempt to complete state championships in the spring events — including the suspended boys basketball tournament — but said the situation is fluid.
“We are working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended,” UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt said. “While the immediate future is unclear, we are committed to providing these much-desired activities to all Texas students and will prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.”
It’s likely that it would take into the summer to accomplish everything.
“We just have to wait and see what happens,” Munday AD Justin Josselet said. “Our weight room and track are open to 10 or less. We’re going to stay ready.”