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Closure of Schools for the Remainder of the Year includes Extracurricular Sports and Activities: AIA Spring Season & Championships are Canceled

Governor Doug Ducey and Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman announced the extension of Arizona school closures through the end of the school year early Monday morning.

The release read:

“In alignment with yesterday’s updated federal guidance, today we are announcing the extension of school closures through the remainder of the school year…”

Already in a state of suspension and unknown, extracurricular sports and activities have also been canceled as part of the effort to stem the pandemic as a result, the AIA spring season and championships have been cancelled.

“This is an unfortunate circumstance for all of our member schools, students and coaches,” said AIA Executive Director David Hines in a release. “We know this decision was a hard one, but one that was necessary to assist in the well-being of everyone across Arizona. We hope everyone stays healthy and focused on what the next chapter will bring.”

The 2020 Champions Gala is still on track but it will be offered online. School administrators and coaches can continue to nominate student-athletes through April 3 at this LINK.

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Andy Morales was recognized by the AIA as the top high school reporter in 2014, he was awarded the Ray McNally Award in 2017, a 2019 AZ Education News award winner and he has been a youth, high school and college coach for over 30 years. He was the first in Arizona to write about high school beach volleyball and high school girls wrestling. His own children have won multiple state high school championships and were named to all-state teams. Competing in hockey, basketball, baseball and track & field in high school, his unique perspective can only be found here and on AZPreps365.com. Andy is the Southern Arizona voting member of the Ed Doherty Award, recognizing the top football player in Arizona, and he was named a Local Hero by the Tucson Weekly for 2016. Andy was named an Honorary Flowing Wells Caballero in 2019. Contact Andy Morales at amoralesmytucson@yahoo.com

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