Area H.S. Sports Changes Due To Coronavirus 3/13

UIL, TAPPS Shutting Down Sports Temporarily

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The coronavirus outbreak, starting to affect area high school student-athletes Friday.

The UIL, announcing that their sports competitions around the state are shutting down Monday and plan to resume March 30. Teams can continue to practice at their district’s discretion. VISD athletic director Bobby Jack Wright tells me he anticipates full soccer playoffs. The playoffs were supposed to start next week. Coach Wright also told me it’s up to districts to cancel or replay district baseball and softball games. TAPPS, shutting down its athletics events with the growing concern surrounding Covid-19. TAPPS is suspending all competition through April 12 at the completion of today’s events. This includes spring sports that last into the summer such as baseball, softball, golf, tennis and track and field. TAPPS officials say practice is left to local discretion if the team’s respective school in still in session. If school is not in session, then practice is not permitted.
West and East boys powerlifters, finding out then that their regional meet at Weslaco East high school had been postponed. Titan powerlifting head coach Marcus Hernandez tells me they are supposed to receive an update on the meet Sunday. He also tells me that the girls state powerlifting meet has been postponed as well. Lacey Littles of West and Alyssa Saucedo of East have qualified for that meet.

As per a directive from the UIL the following sports have cancelled their games on the corresponding dates. The Athletic Directors will be meeting in the near future to determine a plan of action to complete or schedule the district schedules that have been cancelled.

West and East Sub-varsity baseball

East and West Varsity baseball
East softball

West Boys Golf
East and West Softball
East and West Baseball

Girls State Powerlifting
West Girls Track
East and West Softball
East and West Baseball

West Sub-varsity baseball

East and West Tennis
East vs West Softball
West Baseball

East Tennis
East and West Track

East and West Tennis
East and West Softball
East and West Baseball

Boys State Powerlifting
East and West Baseball
East and West Softball

Dear STJ Families,

As we dismiss students for Spring Break holiday, I would like to give another update on St. Joseph High School’s response to COVID-19. This morning I attended a meeting hosted by the Victoria County Office of Emergency Management (OEM) and the Victoria County Public Health Department (PHD). The Director of both OEM and PHD led the meeting, as well as the Staff Epidemiologist.

Guests in attendance included leaders from Victoria ISD, Industrial ISD, Bloomington ISD, Calhoun ISD, Diocese of Victoria, Sisters of the Incarnate Word, Trinity Episcopal School, Victoria Christian School, and Faith Family School and Church.

The purpose of the meeting was to update all educational institutions on COVID-19 and steps that are being taken by local authorities at this time. OEM and PHD encourage all citizens to continue to operate normally in their day-to-day lives. Both have reiterated the importance of citizens to follow prudent flu season practices, including washing hands regularly, not touching one’s face, social distancing, and limited travel to heavily affected areas.

OEM, PHD, and all leaders that were in attendance have NO plans of suspending on-campus learning at this time. As of today, all school districts and schools plan to hold normal, on-campus classes Monday, March 23rd. It should be noted that this situation is fluid and decisions about holding normal on-campus classes can change at anytime.

While STJ currently plans to return to normal classes on March 23rd, TAPPS, our governing sports and extracurricular body, has issued an order to suspend all athletic and extracurricular competitions through April 12, 2020. This includes baseball, softball, track, tennis, golf, and band solo/ensemble competitions. Attached is a video from TAPPS regarding their decision:

In conjunction with TAPPS’ decision, and in an abundance of caution, STJ is canceling all practices, meetings, and/or congregations over the Spring Break holiday. This includes sports, band, spring musical, or other activities that have been planned. Volunteer activities are also suspended. Students will not be allowed on campus during the holiday.

As of today, please plan that all classes, practices, and activities will begin normally on Monday, March 23rdBut know thatquickly changing circumstances mean that decisions made today could be changed the next. I ask that all families and students please monitor your email accounts over the Spring Break holiday.

I hope all of you enjoy your holiday and I pray you stay safe and healthy.


John H. Gilley, IV

St. Joseph High School

The UIL told The Dallas Morning News Friday that there is no set date for the rescheduling of the boys basketball state tournament.

The decision to suspend UIL contests means playoffs for boys and girls soccer will be delayed, according to an email sent from the UIL to coaches that was obtained by The Dallas Morning News. The bi-district round was originally scheduled to happen from March 26-28. Instead, it’s currently scheduled for April 14. The state soccer tournament in Georgetown was originally scheduled for April 15-18. Now, the state tournament is scheduled from April 29-May 2.

The UIL announced new dates for a number of events, though TAPPS and SPC haven’t yet announced new plans.

Sport Event Old date New date
Golf District certification April 8 April 14
Soccer Start of the playoffs March 26 April 14
Soccer Regional tournaments April 10-11 April 24-25
Soccer State tournament April 15-18 April 29-May 2
Tennis District certification April 14 April 18