Ann Lebow, Director of the Iowa Department of Education, announced at the Friday, April 17, COVID-19 press conference that the spring high school sports season has been canceled.
“My heart goes out to our student-athletes and our coaches,” Pella Christian Activities Director Dan Branderhorst said. “For many, this is their favorite time of year. We have students who practice this particular sport on a year-round basis. Several of our students are planning to compete in their spring sport at the next level at Dordt University, Northwestern College and others.”
In addition to spring sports being canceled, with the ending of the school year, other activities are canceled as well. Summer sports remain in limbo with more information coming in the future, and an announcement expected June 1.
“This is really unfortunate,” Twin Cedars Activities Director Trent Verwers said. “I feel terrible for the senior athletes. Couldn’t imagine having your final high school sports seasons ripped away like this. Can only control what you can control. With all that being said, I respect the Governor’s decision. Let’s do our part in slowing down the spread, therefore, we have a chance to have our summer or fall seasons.”
“As a basketball coach, I know how sad I would be if we were not able to compete during the winter season,” Branderhorst continued. “That is what our coaches and athletes are feeling right now. We were able to have a good idea that this was coming, but it still hurts. We will continue to support each other and our leaders throughout this unique season of life.”
Because of the cancellation of the spring sports’ season, the Tribune has reached out to Marion County’s spring sports coaches – and already heard from quite a few – to help us feature and spotlight seniors who will miss their last high school season. We’re calling it Senior Spring Spotlight, and if you would like to submit your senior, email the information to firstname.lastname@example.org.