State lineup

Wrestlers line up to be introduced prior to the championship finals at last year’s Maryland State Individual Tournament. It was the last sporting event involving Baltimore County athletes to be completed before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down high school sports.

The COVID-19 pandemic claimed another County prep sports season when Baltimore County Public Schools announced Monday the cancellation of the winter sports season.

The spring 2020 season was cancelled last March just as it was about to get underway at the start of the pandemic.

Baltimore County still hopes to stage an abbreviated fall sports season later this winter, as well as the spring season.

“Due to COVID-19 infections, we are cancelling the 2020-2021 winter athletic season,” the county tweeted on Monday. “We will evaluate and examine potential alternatives for winter athletes.

“We will continue to monitor health metrics to determine if the fall athletic season can start Feb. 13.”

Under the county plan introduced last fall, the winter sports season would begin practice the first week of December and start competition on January 7.

The Fall season would follow with practices beginning on Feb. 13 and the season running from March 5 to April 17, and spring sports starting practice on April 17 and the season lasting from May 7 to June 19.

(All sports require 20 days between the start of practice and the beginning of competition.)

All of this, however, is contingent upon an improvement, or lack thereof, in the pandemic.

For the county to resume sports (and in-person instruction, for that matter), the infection rate had to be five percent or lower, and the seven-day average for number of cases per 100,000 residents had to be 15 or lower.

The infection rate is currently 7.3%, and the there are 38.47 cases per 100,000.

The 2019-20 winter sports season almost reached the end before it was disrupted by the pandemic.

The wrestling season had finished all postseason tournaments, but basketball was halted as the boys and girls state tournaments had reached the state semifinal games.

All 16 remaining teams in the boys and girls state semifinals were given team and individual awards as state semifinalists.

The winter sports season includes boys and girls basketball, wrestling (with separate boys and girls postseason tournaments), boys and girls indoor track, and cheerleading.

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