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Swine flu outbreak halts UIL schedule

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The dreams of athletes in Sulphur Springs and surrounding areas will have to be put on hold at least until after May 11.

Some may have competed in their last event of the year.

Due to an outbreak of swine flu in the state the University Interscholastic League has halted all scheduled sporting events until after May 11.

Among events cancelled include the regional track meets which were originally scheduled for May 1-2.

For Sulphur Springs, three athletes were scheduled to compete in Denton at the Region II meet.

Other schools also had athletes already making plans to compete

the list of those now staying home this weekend, instead of going to regional track competition includes:

Como-Pickton — 11.

Cumby — 6.

Sulphur Bluff — 3.

North Hopkins — 2.

Miller Grove — 1.

Yantis — 2.

According to a UIL release: The state track and field meet will be extended to a three-day format to include semifinal heats.  The meet is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 14-16.

Semifinal qualifiers will be based on the district track meet results. Each region will be represented at the state meet by the top four performances in each event for all conferences.  Hand-held times will be converted to fully automatic times as defined by the National Federation of State High School Association rules.  A revised track and field state meet schedule will be posted on the UIL web site no later than Friday, May 1.  Qualifiers to the UIL state track and field meet will be posted on the UIL web site on Wednesday, May 6.

The swine flu will not change the state golf meet which will take place as previously scheduled May 11.

The state tennis tournament will also take place at the previously scheduled times beginning May 11.

Also affected will be all area teams in the baseball and softball

teams from Sulphur Springs and nearby schools.

The UIL said no interschool games will take place until May 11 for either softball or baseball.  Below is an altered playoff schedule for both sports.

Softball   District Certification   is  April 28

Baseball District Certification is May 19

Softball Bi-District Deadline                        May 16 (1 game or 2 out of 3)          Baseball Bi-District Deadline May 23 (1 game or 2 out of 3)

Softball  Area Deadline,                      May 19 (1 game only)                             Baseball May 26 (1 game only)

Softball Regional Quarterfinal Deadline May 23 (1 game or 2 out of 3)

Baseball May 30 (1 game or 2 out of 3)

Softball Regional Semifinal Deadline      May 26 (1 game only)    June 2 (1 game only)

Baseball Regional Final Deadline   May 30 (1 game or 2 out of 3) June 6 (1 game or 2 out of 3)

Softball State Tournament   June 4-6

Baseball state tournament,  June 10-13.

More on the story will be included in tomorrow’s edition.

If any athlete or coach has a question about the cancellation of events they should go to www.uil.utexas.edu




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