The sports scene in Huntington is officially on hold, as all athletic events for both Huntington North and Huntington University have been affected by the COVID-19 virus.
On Friday afternoon, the Huntington County Community Schools Corporation announced it will be closed from March 16 through April 10. Huntington North Athletic Director Kris Teusch confirmed the cancelation of all Huntington North athletic practices and events through April 13.
A total of 24 competitions will be impacted across baseball, boys golf, boys and girls track and field, girls tennis and softball, including Saturday’s boys track and field meet at Trine University and girls track and field meet at Indiana Wesleyan University as well as next weekend’s Huntington North Invitational for both boys and girls track and field at Huntington University, which were all canceled on Thursday.
Huntington University’s athletic scene features a shorter effect for the time being, as the school’s athletic conference, the Crossroads League, has officially canceled all competition for its member institutions through April 1, as was announced Friday morning.
The announcement from the Crossroads League put the axe to a total of 44 events across baseball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s and women’s track and field, softball and women’s bowling.
Additionally, Huntington University announced on Friday that all courses for the remainder of the semester will be conducted virtually beginning March 25.
Though no confirmed cases of COVID-19 exist in Huntington County as of The Herald-Press’s deadline, the Huntington County Health Department has advised against events with an attendance of larger than 50 people, jeopardizing any future sporting events in Huntington until further notice.
With Friday’s announcement, Huntington North’s next officially scheduled athletic event comes on April 14, as the baseball, boys golf, girls tennis, boys and girls track and field and softball teams will all be in action.
Huntington University’s next scheduled events come on April 3, with the Forester baseball, men’s tennis and women’s golf teams all slated to play throughout the day.