UIL extends suspension

Posted 3/24/20

The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced Thursday it will extend its suspension of all sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

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The University Interscholastic League (UIL) announced Thursday it will extend its suspension of all sanctioned activities due to the outbreak of COVID-19, or coronavirus.

All contests, practices, rehearsals and workouts will remain suspended until further notice. The earliest possible date games and contests may resume is May 4. Prior to this date, the UIL will allow its member schools a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur, according to a press release.

“We are working diligently on contingency plans to conduct state championships in each of the activities that have been suspended,” said UIL Executive Director Dr. Charles Breithaupt. “While the immediate future is unclear, we are committed to providing these much-desired activities to all Texas students and will prepare for all possible outcomes, including extended school closures.”

The unprecedented situation has resulted in heavy uncertainty for student-athletes across the country as they fear the fate of their seasons. It is particularly difficult for the seniors, who have had to hit pause on the final chapter of their high school careers.

“It is definitely hard to have a hopeful attitude, but that is what we are trying to have,” said MHS senior Brinna Sims, who is a member of the soccer and softball teams. “You kind of take this time not to get together and work, but definitely kick the ball around or throw with one of your siblings to stay ready. You kind of have to be prepared for anything because it is changing every single day.”

The Madisonville softball team was preparing to start district play before the season was suspended. The women’s soccer team had just celebrated their Senior Night and were gearing up for the postseason.

“It just caught everyone off guard I think,” said Sims. “Everyone was in shock. But we can use this time to better ourselves and get some touches in without being around a bunch of other teammates, just to better ourselves as players.”

The Madisonville baseball team was also on the verge of beginning their district slate when their season was suspended in the middle of a tournament in La Grange. Their last matchup was a 4-2 victory over La Vernia, where Coach Adam Borgfeld coached before coming to MHS.

“We kind of had a sense that this could possibly be the last game we play,” said MHS senior Colby Sheppard, one of three seniors on the baseball team along with Kody Nye and Dylan Stanley. “We had a sense that we really had to win that game (against La Vernia). We have put a lot into this game, a lot of summers just playing ball, so it meant a lot.”

Stanley pitched 4.2 innings in the win and Nye recorded the final out to secure the victory and log a save. Stanley also drove home a pair of runs while Sheppard recorded a hit and Nye reached base three times.

“(Stanley) pitched one of the best games I have ever seen,” said Sheppard. “We stepped up because we were tired of how our season was going at that point against tough competition. We worked our butts off all year, so to get that win was massive. But knowing it might be the last one just kills us.”

As stated in the press release, the UIL is working on creating a schedule to accommodate state championships in the canceled activities. Exactly how this would look is still unclear and is subject to change by the day with new updates relating to the virus.

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