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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 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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