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WVSSAC announces plans for fall sports seasons

PARKERSBURG — There will be high school sports in West Virginia in the fall, but they won’t be during the usual time frames.

West Virginia Secondary Activities Director Bernie Dolan made the announcement during Gov. Jim Justice’s regular COVID-19 press conference Friday inside the state capital. All fall sports practices are now pushed back two weeks, and seasons will be delayed in turn. Games were pushed back so schools could still comply with the WVSSAC guidelines. Organizational rules require all students in all sports must participate in 14 practices befoare taking part in any game action. Practices were originally scheduled to begin Aug. 3 with the exception of volleyball. Volleyball planned to start Aug. 10.

All mandatory practices will now begin Aug. 17.

The official start of the golf season will follow soon after on Aug. 24. Volleyball, cross country, cheerleading and soccer start Sept. 2. Football returns to action on Sept. 3.

“It (Sept. 3) is the Thursday night prior to the first week of school,” said Dolan on the decision for football. “We think it will be a great way to bring the community back together. Everyone will be in full swing by the time we walk into school that next Thursday. We think it is a great opportunity for our kids and for our schools to be at the center of their community again.”

Several area football teams were immediately impacted by the decision. Williamstown and Magnolia, who were scheduled to face Waterford and Marietta in the first week of the season, must now either reschedule their games or find a new opponent.

All teams in the middle of the WVSSAC’s Phase III offseason workout plan also may continue until the end of the scheduled three-week period.

See the full story in tomorrow morning’s edition of the Parkersburg News and Sentinel and The Marietta Times.

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