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2020 Spring Sports Cancellation

Apr 9, 2020 9:52 AM

April 7, 2020

As many of you already know, Governor Jay Inslee suspended on-site learning for the remainder of the school year. The WIAA followed suit and cancelled all spring sports for the 2020 season. We are heartbroken for our seniors who are unable to complete their high school athletic career.

Any of us involved in high school athletics know how special the senior year is for the student-athlete. While there are many memories made for any athlete in any season, there is a heightened sense for the senior, a greater urgency in competition and more meaningful preparation and practice.

For all of us, we will always remember the spring of 2020 and what could have been. I strongly believe that adversity is one of our great opportunities to grow individually and collectively. While our sport season has been taken away from us, we should never let this defeat us. Rather, this adversity should inspire us to be better and do better.

Congratulations to all our Senior Blackhawks. Through distance learning, finish the school year strong, take advantage of the opportunities ahead of you and know future Blackhawks stand on your broad shoulders as we continue to build on our strong athletic tradition of Cheney High School.

Class of 2021, 22 & 23, never forget this season and how quickly it was taken away from you. Prepare and perform each day as if it is your last!

Remember, a successful life is about 10% the circumstances we find ourselves in and 90% in how we respond to those circumstances.

Go Blackhawks!

Jeff Chandler

Athletic Director

WIAA Student Stories

Apr 13, 2020 3:15 PM

Over the last few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically disrupted our lives. Our schools have closed and sports and activities have abruptly come to a halt. We're all feeling the weight of this void and the impact of this health crisis.

On Sunday, March 15th, the WIAA LEAP Committee connected for a virtual meeting to discuss and process the wide range of emotions that our junior and senior student represenatives have been feeling during this time of great uncertainty. During that meeting, the Committee members decided to write essays about how they are each dealing with this situation in their respective communities. These accounts will be published on the LEAP Student Blog in the coming weeks.

We're extending this opportunity to any students across the state who would like to share their unique stories. We see tremendous value in providing a platform for sharing stories and feelings as we work through this together. What’s important to keep in mind is that, at the end of the day, the mission of the WIAA has always been to provide opportunities for students around the state. That mission has never been more important than it is right now.

Questions to consider for your submission:
  • Now that everything is on hold, how has your appreciation for sports and activities changed, both as a participant but also as a fan?

  • What do you miss the most?
  • What are you looking forward to when you can return to sports?
  • How are you staying active?
  • What is your community doing to band together during this time?

If you are comfortable sharing, we would like to hear from you.

Here is the link to submit your story ...