Coronavirus forces UIL to shut down Rider events


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Rider’s Hagen Sanchez dribbles down the field in a non-district game.

Mandy Huynh, Editor-in-Chief

Due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) the University Interscholastic League (UIL) has made the decision to stop activities from March 16-29. This will affect all of Rider’s spring sporting events.

March Madness takes on a new meaning as soccer playoffs will be halted for the next couple of weeks along with baseball, softball, track, golf and tennis. Academic events are also affected as the district UIL meet that was set for March 28 in Aledo won’t occur then.

The UIL will continue to monitor the situation and will be making updates.

Some sports are more affected than others. Baseball and softball won’t be able to play district games, but their postseason is still more than a month away.

However, the soccer playoffs were set to start March 26. That date has now been pushed back to April 14 with the regional and state tournaments also moved on the calendar. The Rider-Old High soccer games that were called off Friday because of storms are expected to be played on March 31.

The professional world is also experiencing the same thing. The NCAA scrapped the plan to hold the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments in fanless arenas and canceled the games along with the championships in every other spring sport. The NBA and every other major sporting leagues postponed their season.