Athletes plead GHSA to not cancel spring sports

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RINGGOLD, Ga. (WDEF) — Georgia high schools are at least one month away from going back to normal. April 27 is the circled date on the calendar for reopening schools and resuming high school sports. However, the threat to cancel athletics all together due COVID-19 still lingers.

GHSA Executive Director Dr. Robin Hines said Friday that Georgia still hopes to have some sort of spring sports this year.

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“We would do everything that we could do to have some sort of abbreviated season and abbreviated championships,” Dr. Hines said to Oconee Enterprise reporter Jeremy Johnson.

This includes the possibility of having games and championships after the school year has already concluded.

“The worst case scenario would be to cancel the spring season,” Dr. Hines said.

That’s exactly what Georgia student-athletes are trying to avoid. Georgia athlete Daniel Martin started this Change.org petition, which has already garnered over 35,700 signatures.

Ringgold baseball’s senior short stop Brayden Broome signed the petition. He said he just wants to be able to play with his team one last time.

“We hate it for ourselves that we can’t be out here and be with each other because we have a really special bond so we just want to be back out here,” Broome said. “I was glad our community in Georgia was coming through and thinking about all our spring athletes, not just baseball, but track and field, tennis, all those guys, because it’s a terrible thing that’s going on throughout America right now so hopefully we’ll be able to keep playing.”

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Angela joined the News 12 team in November of 2017 as the weekend sports anchor and reporter. Angela is a proud member of an Army family, which means she has hometowns all over the Eastern Seaboard. Most recently, she calls Peachtree City, Georgia, home, where she graduated from Trinity Christian School and spent her free time driving her purple golf cart. She then headed to Milledgeville, Georgia, to attend Georgia College and State University. A proud Bobcat, Angela graduated Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Mass Communication and represented her December 2016 class as one of three valedictorians. Angela comes to the Scenic City from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, where she worked at the NBC affiliate, WMBF News. Before the big move, she worked as Georgia College's Sports Information Assistant, which let her get paid to be the Bobcats' biggest fan. It all started in Savannah, Georgia, though, where she interned for SAV's number one station, WTOC. When she's not working, you can find Angela watching the New York Giants, Rangers or basically any other game that's on. She also loves traveling, hiking and exploring new places, all with her camera in hand. If you have any story ideas, big or small, feel free to reach out to her on Facebook and Twitter, or email her at amoryan@wdef.com."