MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — Tolsia Boys and Girls Basketball will have to wait another couple months before tipping of their respective seasons after Governor Jim Justice announced at Wednesday’s COVID press briefing that the new target date for the start of the high school winter sports season will be March 1.
Kenzie Young, Selena Browning, Julie Boone, Jace Litton
Both squads have big senior classes and are poised to make a run at a Class A state tournament appearance.
Tyler Johnson, Maverick Muncy, Austin Salmons, Trey Brumfield, Rob Cantrell, Gavin Meadows (not pictured Zack Ball)
Previously, the target date for the start of basketball, swimming and wrestling preseason practices was January 11, with competitions set to begin within two weeks after that date.
“We’ve got a lot of time left in the school year to be able to play and have the sports,” said Governor Justice. “Just think of the numbers we will have vaccinated at that time. Absolutely, we are very hopeful that this thing is going to turn and we can absolutely go to where we can have the sports indoors. And we can do that starting March 1st.”
On November 13, Governor Justice announced that winter sports, some of which had already begun preseason practices, were halted.
The WVSSAC recently released a revised winter and spring sports schedule. State basketball championships were pushed into early April. All spring sports championships were pushed into the month of June.
Winter sports are underway to some degree in Ohio and Virginia. Winter sports are scheduled to begin in Kentucky, Maryland and Pennsylvania next week.