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Everyone loses as Minnesota high school spring sports extend shutdown

By David La Vaque and Jim Paulsen, Star Tribune, 04/23/20, 4:15PM CDT

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Players, coaches and ADs all mourn a decision they feared was coming.


The Jordan baseball park, also known as the “Mini Met,” has been a frequent host of state tournament baseball games. Photo by CARLOS GONZALEZ • CGONZALEZ@STARTRIBUNE.COM

Minnesota’s spring season for high school sports and activities ended Thursday with everyone losing, particularly seniors, when a shutdown initially begun in March was extended for the rest of the school year.

The Minnesota State High School League made the announcement Thursday shortly after Gov. Tim Walz said that Minnesota schools, which have been using distance learning for several weeks, will remain closed for the rest of the 2019-20 academic year.

The COVID-19 pandemic, which curtailed the tail end of the high school basketball postseason, clipped baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, boys’ tennis, synchronized swimming, adapted softball and trapshooting before most of the hundreds of teams and thousands of athletes across the state had started to practice.

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