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Las Vegas' Clark County cancels winter high school sports; no decision in Reno

Clark County largely won't be playing winter sports this year. (Handout)

High school winter sports largely won't be played in Las Vegas.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association, which oversees high school sports in the state, said late Tuesday it had received notification from Clark County School District’s athletics and activities that CCSD-member schools will not be participating in winter season sports. That includes boys and girls basketball, boys and girls bowling, wrestling and flag football. The one exception is Moapa Valley High, the only CCSD school conducting in-person learning.

Clark County has not made a decision on fall or spring sport seasons. Southern Nevada's decision does not necessarily impact prep sports in the rest of the state, including Reno/Sparks' Washoe County, although recent spikes in COVID-19 positive cases and Washoe County School District's decision to shift to distance learning in middle and high school starting Wednesday poses a threat to prep sports being played in Northern Nevada, especially the winter season.

Clark County's decision greatly impacts the 5A, 4A & 3A Southern regions, although he 2A and 1A Southern regions are still mostly intact (without Indian Springs, Sandy Valley and Spring Mountain). The NIAA office will sort through which non-CCSD schools (private schools) remain open to participate in the winter sports season and how to amend leagues as needed in the 5A, 4A and 3A.

The NIAA decided in July to postponed all high school sports until 2021 due to COVID-19 with shortened winter, fall and spring seasons, each running for six weeks. Practice for winter sports is set to begin Jan. 2. Washoe County's distance learning phase for middle and high school is tentatively scheduled to end Jan 4 with in-person instruction returning on the traditional return date after the winter break.

Basketball and wrestling, the two most high-profile winter sports, are still on the governor’s “no play” list at this time, so unless that changes it's unlikely those sports would be played in January. Here is the revised schedule the NIAA laid out earlier this summer.

Winter Season Sports (6 competitive weeks)

* Practice begins Saturday, January 2, 2021

* First contest may be held Friday, January 15, 2021

* Last contest Saturday, February 20, 2021

Fall Season Sports (6 competitive weeks)

* Practice begins Saturday, February 13, 2021 (Football)

* Practice begins Saturday, February 20, 2021 (all sports except Football)

* First contest may be held Friday, March 5, 2021

* Last contest Saturday, April 10, 2021

Spring Season Sports (6 competitive weeks)

* Practice begins Saturday, April 3, 2021

* First contest may be held Friday, April 16, 2021

* Last contest Saturday, May 22, 2021

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