AUGUSTA – The Maine Principals’ Association has announced it has canceled the high school spring sports season due to COVID-19
“This would have been the last time I could have played for my Dad and it was the last time I could have played with my brother on the same field,” Ellsworth baseball senior, Jackson Curtis, said.
“When I first heard it I kind of didn’t want to accept the fact that I wouldn’t be able to play on the field again with my team,” PVHS softball senior, Leine McKechnie said.
The MPA made the tough, but right decision to cancel the season as Maine continues to implement measures to contain the spread of the virus.
“Please know that this was not a decision that was taken lightly, but one that the leadership at the MPA felt necessary to help support the recommendations from our Governor’s Office, the Maine CDC, and Commissioner Makin, and the Department of Education, that schools across the state not come back in session and provide remote and distance learning opportunities for the remainder of the school year,” MPA Executive Director, Mike Burnham said in a press release.
Burnham said the MPA’s interscholastic management committee did discuss pushing the start of the season back, but there was no feasible scenario.
“What we saw was 8-20 weeks that this pandemic could go on. Eight weeks puts us through the beginning of June which it just wouldn’t be feasible to have a spring season and 20 weeks none of us really wanted to discuss if it’d gone on that long,” Burnham said.
Spring sports seniors lost a year of potential, glory, heartbreak and camaraderie, but what they’ll always have lifelong memories which are forever ingrained in every glove, jersey, and racket.
“The friendships I’ve made some of my best friends have come from the sport and probably lifelong best friends.”