LHSAA cancels spring sports season

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The LHSAA notified member schools in a memo Thursday morning that all remaining winter sports championships along with spring sports regular seasons and their respective championships have been canceled.

The cancellations are in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and measures taken to stop the spread of the virus. Schools have been closed since March 16 and Gov. John Bel Edwards has issued a stay-at-home order until April 30.

“Knew it was probably coming, but doesn’t make it easier, even though I understand,” Parkway head baseball coach David George said in a text message.

The sports affected are baseball, softball, boys and girls outdoor track and field, boys and girls golf, boys and girls tennis, and boys and girls gymnastics.

The baseball regular season had about five weeks remaining when the season was suspended on March 16. There was about a month left in the softball regular season.

Only one track meet has been held in Bossier Parish.

The bowling regular season had ended in Bossier Parish. The state powerlifting meet was scheduled for March 19-21.

“I knew it was coming,” said Benton head softball coach Tracey Rambin. “I guess just to finally hear it. It brings tears to your eyes. Just so much emotions going on.”

The Lady Tigers were 8-3 and had a five-game winning streak when the season was suspended.

“Our team had been doing so well and the sky was the limit for them,” Rambin said. “I was so excited to get to start district and to get to see where this led us.

“Tonight would have been our senior night so it’s a sad day today. And I knew it was coming or I had a feeling it was coming I guess to hear those words, it’s just so many emotions.”

Rambin, who was in her first year as head coach, had five seniors.

“They had done such a good job of leading this team, each and every one of them,” she said.

The Haughton baseball team was off to an 8-3 start. The Bucs honored their eight seniors before an afternoon game against Loyola on March 14, their final one before the season was suspended.

“I’ve been sending out messages this morning to all my players,” Haughton head coach Glenn Maynor said. “For one group, the seniors, it’s just sad because they can’t play again.

“And for the sophomores, juniors and freshmen that will be returning it’s just a bunch of questions like when can we meet, when can we collect uniforms, when will we have our exit meetings, what are we going to do about summer baseball and all that. It’s really a bunch of questions we can’t answer right now. We don’t know.”

The Airline softball team was off to a 12-2 start under first-year head coach Brittany Frazier, who posted this on Facebook Thursday.

“We knew it was coming but it still hurts like a break up with no closure, a piece of your heart gone, like when your child is hurting & you feel hopeless because you can’t fix it. I would do anything for a different ending than this. ALL 24 of these girls mean so much to me. This team right here was so dedicated, compassionate, accountable, the list goes on and on.”

The post was followed by several dozen photos of the players in three collages.

Below is the memo sent to the schools.