By ERIC X. VICCARO
Ste. Genevieve Herald
Optimism is growing for the possibility of high school sports this fall.
The Missouri State High School Activities Association Board of Directors met on Aug. 4 in a virtual conference as the governing body deals with the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
And the board ultimately decided to grant relief from the MSHSAA Constitution, which provides a member school the ability to participate in activities even if school begins or transitions to entirely virtual instruction.
Ste. Genevieve R-II District athletic director Dr. Jeff Nix was asked if the decision gave him confidence fall sports will take place.
“It actually does,” Nix said. “I know in the Kansas City and St. Louis areas the chance of having face-to-face classes is low. I think we will have fall sports now. I am more confident.”
This fall, Ste. Genevieve’s football team is scheduled to face St. Louis-based school Brentwood in the regular-season finale on Oct. 23.
The Dragons’ girls golf program would have been impacted since they play a bunch of St. Louis area schools, too, Nix reported.
Even though MSHSAA’s decision provides greater flexibility to school districts across the state, some are putting certain provisions in place.