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West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice Puts Winter Sports on Hold Until January



West Virginia governor Jim Justice announced Thursday that winter sports in the Mountain State — meaning boys and girls high school basketball, swimming and wrestling — will be forced to hold off on opening their seasons until 2021.

Justice made the announcement during his daily news conference, setting January 11 as the date teams can open operations for those sports. Fall sports, however, will continue their postseasons as currently planned.

Boys and girls swim teams as well as girls high school basketball teams began practice in West Virginia earlier this week, while wrestling and boys basketball were scheduled to open practice on November 16.

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Tom has spent the last decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia, most recently as the WVU beat writer for the Charleston Gazette-Mail and with previous stops at the Charleston Daily Mail, the (Fairmont) Times West Virginian and the Daily Independent in Ashland, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Cross Lanes, West Virginia -- where he currently resides -- and is a 2010 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Marshall University.

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