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Governor Announces WV Winter Sports Can Begin Practice in February

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West Virginia governor Jim Justice announced during Monday’s press briefing that Mountain State high school winter sports will be allowed to open practice on Feb. 14, with games slated to begin on March 3.

Players must still have the mandatory 14 practices completed before playing in a game, and the state COVID metrics map — infamous for its role in the 2020 West Virginia high school football season — will again be in play for winter sports.

Justice previously pushed the start of the season from last fall into January before a second change moved everything to March. Now, with Monday’s announcement, high schools can begin practice for wrestling, swimming and basketball on Valentine’s Day.

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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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