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

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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 Bragg covers WVU, Marshall, high schools and other sports for West Virginia Sports Now. Tom spent more than a decade as a sports journalist based in West Virginia covering high school, college, youth and professional sports for newspapers in Huntington, Fairmont and Charleston before joining WVSN in 2020. Tom is a graduate of Marshall University's W. Page Pitt School of Journalism and Mass Communications.

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