MIAA, RIIL Cancels Spring Sports

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Four New England states have canceled high school spring sports. (VISUALHUNT.com)

By Matt Noonan 

Both Massachusetts and Rhode Island joined Maine and New Hampshire by canceling its state’s spring high school sports season this afternoon.

The Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) and Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) both shared this news on their respective Twitter accounts.

Both states are abiding by the advice of Governors Charlie Baker and Gina Raimondo, who have ordered both Massachusetts and Rhode Island to conclude their respective academic schools years online, not in-person.

Connecticut has not canceled its spring sports season, but the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference (CIAC) announced yesterday they will “not run any spring state championship events.” The CIAC could, however, have a regular-season in June, but that would only occur if schools reopen. Connecticut is not scheduled to reopen until May 20.

The Vermont Principals’ Association (VPA) will make an announcement regarding its spring sports season on Thursday, April 30.

Maine and New Hampshire announced the cancelations of its states’ spring sports season earlier this month.

Springs Sports In Massachusetts Will Most Likely Not Happen

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Could Massachusetts see a high school spring sports season? (PHOTO COURTESY: Visualhunt.com)

By Matt Noonan

With yesterday’s announcement by Governor Charlie Baker regarding schools remaining online (and remote) for the remainder of the school year due to COVID-19, it seems most likely that a spring high school sports season will not occur. But an official announcement has not yet been made by the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) as of late this morning.

Hours after Baker’s announcement of both private and public schools remaining closed for the remainder of the academic school year, the MIAA tweeted the following yesterday afternoon: “Difficult news received from Governor Baker today. A formal MIAA BOD statement regarding the status of 2020 spring sports will be provided by weeks end.”

While high school athletic directors, coaches, and student-athletes, as well as fans, eagerly await an official announcement from the MIAA, it seems most likely that Massachusetts will become the third New England state to cancel its spring sports season like Maine and New Hampshire did earlier this month.

Connecticut, Rhode Island, and Vermont have not canceled its spring high school sports seasons, but perhaps yesterday’s news by Baker could result in more cancelations across the region, along with schools not being open until possibly next fall.

The MIAA canceled its basketball and hockey winter championships last month, naming both state finalists as co-champions.

New Hampshire Becomes Second New England State To Cancel Spring Sports

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Maine and New Hampshire have canceled high school spring sports due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). (PHOTO COURTESY: cooper.gary on Visual hunt / CC BY-NC-ND)

By Matt Noonan | @NoontimeNation

For the second week in a row, a New England state has announced that their respective high school spring sports season will be canceled due to the coronavirus (COVID-19). And that state was New Hampshire, which made the announcement one week after the Maine Principals Association (MPA) shared the bittersweet news about their spring sports season being canceled, as well.

In addition to canceling spring sports, New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu announced that classes will remain online for the remainder of the school year.

Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont have not canceled their respective spring seasons – all four states seem hopeful and optimistic that they could provide their student-athletes with some competition, pending their state’s stay-at-home advisory or order is lifted sooner rather than later.

As of this morning, Massachusetts is scheduled to reopen its schools on Monday, May 4th, but it is possible Gov. Charlie Baker could extend closures beyond that date. “We’ll make a decision about schools sometime soon,” Baker said, during Thursday’s daily briefing with the media.

Connecticut is not scheduled to resume in-person classes until May 20th – the announcement came the same day Maine shared they would be canceling their spring sports seasons – while Rhode Island recently extended its stay-at-home order until Friday, May 8th. 

The Vermont Principals Association (VPA) seems hopeful they can provide their spring student-athletes with a season but did share in a press release earlier this week that they would make a decision on Thursday, April 30. Vermont’s Stay Home, Stay Safe order has been extended to May 15th.

On This Date In History: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Welcome to Wednesday, everyone!

As always, we hope everyone is doing well and staying safe.

It looks like it is going to be an indoor day from a quick glance outside the window, so stay inside and enjoy a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ for Wednesday, April 8th, 2020.


On This Date in History: Wednesday, April 8th, 2020

  • 1940: John Havlicek, who played 16 seasons for the Boston Celtics and won eight NBA titles with the Green and White, was born on this date in Martins Ferry, Ohio. Nicknamed “Hondo,” the small forward/shooting guard was named to both the NBA’s 35th and 50th Anniversary Teams.
  • 1943: The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Boston Bruins, 2-0, in the fourth game of the NHL‘s Stanley Cup to secure a series sweep of the Black and Gold. The game was held in the Boston Garden – that would be the original Garden for those keeping track at home. Detroit outscored Boston, 6-0, in the final two games of the series.
  • 2003: The Connecticut women’s basketball team defeated Tennessee in the NCAA Championship, capping their campaign with a 37-1 record (the Huskies’ lone setback of the 2002-03 season came against Villanova on Tuesday, March 11, 2003.). Diana Taurasi was named the Most Outstanding Player while earning a spot on the All-Tournament Team with Ann Strother. Tennesse was represented by Gwen Jackson and Kara Lawson.
  • 2012: The Detroit Tigers outlasted the Boston Red Sox, 13-12, in a thrilling eleven inning clash, which took almost five hours to be played. Nick Punto and Mike Aviles concluded the game with three RBI for the Sox, respectively, while Adrian Gonzalez smacked his first home run of the season.
  • 2014: The Connecticut women’s basketball team celebrated another NCAA Championship with a 79-58 win over Notre Dame. The Huskies’ victory came one day after the men’s team beat Kentucky in the championship by a score of 60-54. It was just the second time in NCAA history that the same school had won both the men’s and women’s tournaments after the school won both title games in 2004.

On This Date In History: Monday, April 6th, 2020

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By NoontimeSports.com | @NoontimeNation 

Happy Monday, everyone!

We hope everyone is doing well and staying safe, of course. We are excited to produce a brand new ‘On This Date in History’ – are you ready for a trip back in time?

Just a QUICK program note: We will be pressing the pause button on the ‘Daily Noontime’ and focusing on producing ‘On This Date in History.’ The ‘Daily Noontime’ will return – do not worry – but for now, we will be focusing on producing a daily sports history post, which has been a LOT of fun! 

As always, be well, stay safe, and have a wonderful Monday, everyone!


On This Date in History: April 6th, 2020

  • 1896: The first modern Olympic Games are held in Athens, Greece. They were called the Games of the I Olympiad, which were held in front of 60,000 spectators. James Connolly (USA) placed first in the triple jump.
  • 1958: Arnold Palmer wins his first of four Masters by finishing with a score of 284 (70-73-68-73).
  • 1973: Ron Blomberg becomes the first major leaguer to play a game as a designated hitter. Blomberg, who played for the New York Yankees, drew a walk in his first at-bat as the DH against Boston Red Sox pitcher Luis Tiant.
  • 1973: The Pittsburgh Pirates retired Roberto Clemente‘s uniform number (No. 21).
  • 1992: The Baltimore Orioles won their first game at Camden Yards (now Oriole Park at Camden Yards) by defeating the Cleveland Indians, 2-0.
  • 1993: The Florida Marlins sustained their initial setback in franchise history with a 4-2 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The setback occurred one day after the team won their first-ever game in franchise history on Monday, April 5th, 1993.
  • 2004: Diana Taurasi earned her second consecutive Most Outstanding Player honor after guiding Connecticut to the 23rd NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship with a 70-61 win over Tennessee.
  • 2019: The Tampa Bay Lightning becomes the fourth team in NHL history to record 62 wins in a single-season. The Lightning match the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings squad, which finished their regular season campaign with 62 wins and 128 points.