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NEWLAND — The remaining spring high school athletic seasons and state basketball championships have been canceled for the 2020 spring season.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association made the announcement April 24 after N.C. Governor Roy Cooper announced that all schools have been closed to in-person learning for the rest of the spring academic year.

The NCHSAA released a statement to the media via email.

“In keeping with Governor Roy Cooper’s announcement today that the public schools of North Carolina will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year, the North Carolina High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) has canceled all remaining winter championships and spring sports,” the statement read.

The sports included for Avery High School affected by the decision include baseball, softball, girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track and field, boys' golf and boys’ tennis. Athletic teams, including those preparing for fall seasons, will not be allowed to gather for any organized practices or for skill development until athletics are reinstated.

“Today’s decision is difficult for the NCHSAA Board of Directors and staff. We empathize with the thousands of student-athletes, especially graduating seniors, coaching staffs, officials and family members affected by this decision,” said NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker in a statement. “However, this decision reflects a commitment to keeping our student-athletes, officials and member schools’ staffs and their communities safe, while following the guidelines provided by the Governor and his team, along with the Department of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education.”

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