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High school football won't return in Virginia this fall

High school football won't return in Virginia this fall

There will be no high school football in the state of Virginia this fall due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the Virginia High School League announced on Wednesday.

"All our efforts will continue towards advocating for the opening of sports and activities in a safe and reasonable way that will protect athletes, activity participants, coaches, officials, and the public," Dr. Billy Haun, Executive Director of VHSL, said on Wednesday.

Additionally, the board has proposed three different models for sports to resume, but none include playing football this fall.

The first model is keeping all sports in their current seasons, but only allowing low-risk sports such as golf and cross country to take place this fall. Football, field hockey, cheerleading and volleyball seasons would all be canceled.

The second proposal is switching the fall and sports seasons. In this case, low-risk spring sports like baseball, soccer, tennis and softball would be allowed to play this fall, with men's and women's lacrosse the lone spring sport unable to occur. This model would consider allowing lacrosse season to wait until its normal scheduled season in March, giving the school districts more time to figure out a way to combat the virus.

The final proposal is sandwiching fall sports in between winter and spring sports seasons. In this scenario, winter sports would take place from Dec. 14-Feb. 20, fall sports would begin Feb. 15 and conclude May 1, while spring sports would start April 12 and conclude June 26.

All of these models remain in consideration, as no decision has been made just yet. A final decision is expected Monday, July 27.

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T.C. Williams High School student-athlete Montrell Lucas killed day after graduation

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T.C. Williams High School student-athlete Montrell Lucas killed day after graduation

Former T.C. Williams High School student-athlete Montrell Lucas, 18, was shot and killed on Tuesday in Northeast D.C. His death came just one day after he and his fellow classmates graduated from the Alexandria, Va., high school.

According to NBC 4, at this time police have announced no motive for the murder and have made no arrests. A 28-year-old male identified as Jakeem Chandler was also killed in the shooting. 

Lucas was considered a gifted athlete and excelled on the football field and basketball court for T.C. Williams. But, beyond sports, many friends have shared stories about his tremendous character and ability to always treat others with kindness.

“Everyone just respected him just because of the way he treated everybody," former classmate Danny Weir told NBC 4. "He earned the respect of everybody because of the way he was so kind and caring.” 

Lucas' plans following graduation were unknown due to the coronavirus pandemic. A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family with funeral and service costs and honor the legacy Lucas left behind.

“He’s a beautiful, kind, loving, funny, generous, caring person and that’s how he needs to be remembered," Weir said. 

MPSSAA announces postponement of all high school sports in Maryland until January

MPSSAA announces postponement of all high school sports in Maryland until January

There will be no high school sports in Maryland this fall and for the beginning of the winter.

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association (MPSSAA) announced on Monday that all high school athletic competitions will be postponed until the start of the second semester, which begins in late January in the state.

Previously, MPSSAA had left the decision whether to hold athletic competitions this fall up to each country and local school system. Monday's announcement gives the state consistency and direction as a whole.

While no sports will be played for the remainder of 2020, MPSSAA does plan to conduct fall and winter sports competitions under a modified schedule in the spring of 2021. More information about that plan will come in the next few weeks, MPSSAA announced in the statement.

MPSSAA's decision comes just a few days after the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference WCAC), home to private schools across D.C., Maryland and Virginia, announced its postponement of all sports seasons until February.

The WCAC wasn't the only school system to have already postponed or cancel sports this fall.

In mid-July, Montgomery County Public Schools (MCPS) announced the cancelation of all fall and winter sports in conjunction with the decision to move to a fully virtual format for the first semester of the school year. The week prior, the state of Virginia announced the postponement of all fall and winter sports that were deemed high-risk, while the District of Columbia announced all interscholastic sports were postponed until January.

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