MPSSAA postpones fall and winter high school sports

Grafton Bearcat, Dillon Williams rushes to advance the ball against Northern Garrett during their match-up last season, at McKinney Field.

Postponements leave the Bearcats with two open slots on their schedule

MARYLAND—The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) has postponed the fall and winter high school sports seasons, with the Coronavirus pandemic continuing and recent positive results rising.

The decision comes approximately three months after the cancellation of the 2020 spring sports season and follows a similar move by the two governing bodies of the area’s private schools, the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association and Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland, which announced last week that they had postponed the start of fall practices to Sept. 1st at the earliest.

In a news release, the MPSSAA stated that “the health and safety of student participants, coaches, and officials is a primary concern for the return of interscholastic athletics and activities.”

MPSSAA’s fall sports are football, field hockey, golf, boy’s and girl’s cross country, boy’s and girl’s soccer, and volleyball. 

Winter sports include boy’s and girl’s basketball, indoor track and field, and wrestling. 

Tryouts for fall sports were set to begin on August 12th. 

And according to the release, the MPSSAA is working to finalize modified competition seasons for all sports during the second semester.

The Grafton Bearcats were scheduled to travel to Northern Garrett on Oct. 2nd for a return football game after the two had played at McKinney Field last fall, but with the cancellation of the first week of games and now the most recent announcement by the MPSSAA, the Bearcats are left with two vacant slots in their schedule, which includes their off week on Oct. 9th. The GHS administration and coaching staff are currently weighing their options for those weeks.

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