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Governor Justice Pushes Start of WV High School Winter Sports to March 1

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West Virginia Governor Jim Justice announced during a Wednesday news conference that the start of high school winter sports in the state will be delayed again with a target start date set for March 1.

“Just think of the numbers we will have vaccinated at that time,” Justice said. “Absolutely, we are very hopeful that this thing is going to turn and we can absolutely go to where we can have the sports indoors. And we can do that starting March 1.”

In November, Justice put a stop to winter sports practices that had already started and pushed the start boys basketball, girls basketball, wrestling and swim team practices at West Virginia high schools to January 11. Prior to Wednesday’s announcement by Justice, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission adjusted for the January start date with changes to the championship schedule for those sports, including moving the basketball state tournaments at the Charleston Coliseum into April.

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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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