AIA reinstates winter sports

In this News-Herald file photo, Lake Havasu High senior defender Gavin Lintz (left) makes a pass during a practice at the Arizona State University at Lake Havasu campus on Nov. 17. All winter sports, including soccer, will be played after the Arizona Interscholastic Association voted to reinstate the season on Tuesday.

After canceling winter sports four days ago, the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board reversed its decision in a special meeting on Tuesday, voting 5-4 in favor of moving forward with the season.

The season is scheduled to begin on Jan. 18 with updated guidelines including a mask mandate for students, coaches and officials. Masks are expected to be worn at all times even during competition. Fans will also not be allowed to attend games.

“Any school that violates any of the mandatory modifications, will lose access to AIA officiating,” AIA Executive Director David Hines said during the meeting.

Originally, the board voted 5-4 to cancel winter sports on Friday.

Winter sports at Lake Havasu High School include basketball, soccer, wrestling.

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