High school seniors around the state have most likely played their last games in their high school careers including Okemos seniors Mitchell Sambaer and Rio Tomlinson; Sambaer waits to close another noteworthy basketball season while Tomlinson’s final season had yet to start.
“I’m not sure if my senior season is over or not yet which is pretty frustrating,” Sambaer wrote in an email. “Obviously school was also cancelled for at least the next three weeks, but I feel like there’s growing belief that it’ll be longer than that.”
The COVID-19 threat forced Michigan’s Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign on March 10 Executive Orders 2020-04 and 2020-05, which declared Michigan a State of Emergency and temporarily closed all K-12 schools and banned assemblies of more than 250 people, respectively.
“It is heartbreaking,” Tomlinson wrote in an email. “This season my water polo team was expected to be at least top three in the state,” We had so many new girls join and sadly they haven’t had the opportunity to show their skills.”
The Michigan High School Athletic Association, following Whitmer’s initiative, decided to postpone all athletic activities until April 5; this includes the postseason of winter sports and most of the spring seasons.
The MHSAA is theathletic organization that governs over 1,500 public and private secondary education centers in the state. It exists to develop and enforce eligibility and competition rules during the regular season and the postseason.
Geoff Kimmerly, media content and coordinator for the MHSAA, said that the organization will decide the future of the conclusion of winter sports and the entire spring season as more information is released.
Kimmerly said the MHSAA recommends students take the COVID-19 threat seriously and practice social distancing by postponing athletic events.
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