MONROE — On April 16, Wisconsin governor Tony Evers extended the state’s stay-at-home order through May 26, and in it kept K-12 schools closed for the academic school year.
“All schools must remain closed for instructional and extracurricular activities,” Evers’ order said, specifically stating that high school sports were a part of the closure.
However, the spring sports season is not officially canceled, as the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association is still trying to see if a spring — or even perhaps summer — high school sports season could be played, whether in part or in its entirety.
The WIAA put out a statement April 16, indicating it would not make that decision until its next board of control meeting, which was scheduled for a video teleconference, Tuesday, April 21. The WIAA is its own entity, separate from control by the state government.
The WIAA board of control “will discuss the membership’s options for the remainder of the spring sports seasons and for summertime regulations,” the statement said. “In accordance with Gov. Evers’ new directive, all interscholastic training, practices, scrimmages and contests remain suspended.”
The WIAA originally canceled the winter sports season just before midnight March 12 during the girls basketball state tournament in in the sectional rounds of the boys basketball playoffs. Evers order of closing the schools and locking down the state came the following day, effectively putting the spring sports season on pause.
“The executive staff has discussed the best- and worst-case scenarios with the possibility schools may close for the remainder of the school year,” the WIAA’s statement read.
Prior to Evers’ announcement, the University of Wisconsin-Madison announced its own extension of cancellation of campus events to last until June 30. Immediately, the WIAA’s spring state tournaments for boys golf, boys tennis and softball were all put in flux — even if the season were able to begin.