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MAIS not giving up on spring sports season

PEARL — Although Mississippi’s public high schools have had their spring sports seasons canceled, the governing body for the state’s private schools said Friday it is still holding out hope that its teams can play again.

In a release Friday, the Mid-South Association of Independent Schools said it has not yet made the decision to cancel the rest of the season for baseball, golf, tennis and track and field.

“Even though we are unable to provide specifics at this time, we felt it important to let you be aware that we have not given up!” the MAIS said in a release. “There are still numerous options out there that have been formulated that would allow us to be ready and able to return to play if and when the opportunity presents itself.”

The MAIS has more than 100 member schools in Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas and Tennessee.

The Louisiana High School Athletics Association canceled the remainder of its spring season last week, and on Wednesday the Mississippi High School Activities Association did the same. Both associations made their decisions in conjunction with school closures in their respective states that run through the remainder of the academic year. Alabama’s state athletic association also canceled its seasons.

In Vicksburg, St. Aloysius and Porter’s Chapel Academy are both MAIS members and have announced that they will remain closed for the rest of the school year.

Athletic directors Mike Jones of St. Al and Wade Patrick of PCA were unsure about the status of their programs if the MAIS resumes competition, saying the decision to join in would be made by their respective boards of directors.

About Ernest Bowker

Ernest Bowker is The Vicksburg Post's sports editor. He has been a member of The Vicksburg Post's sports staff since 1998, making him one of the longest-tenured sports reporters in the paper's 137-year history. The New Jersey native is a graduate of LSU. In his career, he has won more than 50 awards from the Mississippi Press Association and Associated Press for his coverage of local sports in Vicksburg.

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