The most recent update from the University Interscholastic League leaves at least a lingering hope that the high school spring sports and other contests that are currently suspended because of the COVID-19 threat may yet be able to resume.


In mid-March, the UIL had first suspended practices and competition through March 29.


Stephenville’s girls and boys basketball seasons were over, and the state girls tournament titles were decided. But other schools across the state that had made it to the boys state tournament in San Antonio were sent home without a chance to decide the state titles. The UIL announced on March 12 that the boys state tournament was being suspended until further notice.


But the Honeybees and Yellow Jackets who — like all the other student-athletes around the state — were still participating in golf, tennis, track and field, powerlifting, softball, baseball and soccer never got that far before the plug was pulled on their seasons. The powerlifting seasons were all but over, and the soccer teams were on the verge of starting their playoffs.


Following the Executive Order by Gov. Greg Abbott, the UIL announced last Friday on its website that it was “further modifying contingency plans and extending its previously announced timelime for completing UIL activities this academic school year.”


The UIL stated that the modifications are “based on schools resuming operations on Monday, May 4, 2020. As that date approaches, UIL will monitor all available information and provide member schools with more specific guidance on district and post-season date adjustments related to this new extension.”


The statement continued, “All in-person practices, rehearsals and workouts remain suspended until further notice and remote instruction remains in place. UIL remains committed to providing a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur prior to resuming contests and games. All decisions remain flexible and will be consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials. The UIL will continue to provide timely, ongoing updates and is reassessing this ever-changing situation daily.”