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Ohio’s spring high school sports could extend until July

There may be a spring sports season after all.

On Wednesday, the Ohio High School Athletic Association sent a memo to all OHSAA member schools’ superintendents, principals and athletic administrators, stating spring sports could end as late as July 4.

“It would be great if spring sports happen, but I know it’s going to be difficult,” St. John athletic director Nick Iarocci said. “But I have faith in our local civic and sports leaders to make the best decisions with the safety of our student-athletes being in the forefront.”

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, a mandatory no-contact period remains in place until at least May 1.

If schools re-open on May 4, the schedules for baseball, softball, track and field and tennis will be adjusted.

If schools remain closed for the rest of the school year, spring sports will be canceled.

After an acclimation period from May 4-8, the revised schedule shows spring sports starting on May 9.

The tentative state tournaments and end of seasons are listed:

Baseball

— State tournament: June 19-21.

— Season ends: June 27.

Softball

— State tournament: June 25-27.

— Season ends: July 4

Boys tennis

— State tournament: June 18-20.

— Season ends: June 27.

Track and field tournament

— State tournament: June 26-27.

— Season ends: June 27.

Although the regular seasons will be shorter, schools can schedule contests until the end of their season.

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