MHSAA extends pause to athletics

Student athletes wonder if they will have a season

Since the Michigan health department’s three-week shut down order, MHSAA has been making updates on the student athlete’s season possibilities.

On Nov. 18, the Representative Council of MHSAA, the Michigan High School Athletic Association, approved an adjusted schedule to restart and to finish fall tournaments in girls volleyball, girls swimming and diving, and football.

They also stated that winter sports will resume after the three-week pause, which was ordered by the MDHHS, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, which is scheduled to be Dec. 9.

Soon after the announcement, however, the MDHHS extended restrictions until Dec. 20.

“I was super excited for my junior year season,” junior Sophia Leming said, “but I understand why we cannot play yet.”

Because of this, athletes are very disappointed about how their season is looking so far.

“I would love for my season to follow through and we can actually have meets,” senior Kyle Walsh said, “but with how it looks right now, there is not going to be a season.”

Following the MDHHS extension, the MHSAA released a statement.

“While we are disappointed in today’s announcement, we all continue to look forward as we remain committed to play three sports seasons to their conclusion,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “The MHSSA Representative Council will meet on Wednesday of this week to chart out another plan for finishing Fall and restarting Winter.”

On Dec. 16, however, the council announced that they were postponing their meeting until more information regarding restrictions were announced from the state.