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The Minnesota State High School League will allow coaches to start working with athletes on June 15, the first concrete step toward possibly resuming competition later this year.
Schools, parks and clubs are havens for many young people in the Twin Cities. For much of the past two months, they have been shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The need for connection remains strong.
Shared memories buoyed the Panthers after their softball season was lost.
Over the weekend, Kerwin Walton's name was popping up all over social media as he was trying to decide where to play college basketball. "I wasn't paying too much attention," he said with a chuckle.
The Minnesota State High School League made the announcement shortly after Gov. Tim Walz said that Minnesota schools will remain closed for the rest of the academic year.
The Saints are one of two independent baseball teams that would be invited to join the ranks of minor league franchises in a reorganization plan that would eliminate dozens of other teams.
With schools shut down and sports on hold, expenses are down in athletics departments; but coaches are getting paid. "Regardless of winning or losing, they still have value," one AD said of coaches.
Spring is prime time for high school football players to get noticed by college recruiters. But the COVID-19 pandemic is keeping athletes from showing off their skills and coaches from making the personal contact that can lead to scholarships.
With the official start of the season still more than a month away, the 2019 American Association champions are moving forward with just a few changes to their typical preseason regimen.