The spring sports season for Mississippi’s public high schools appears dead in the water.

The next games likely won’t be played until August at the earliest after Gov. Tate Reeves announced Tuesday that Mississippi’s public schools will remain closed for the remainder of the spring semester due to the COVID-19 pandemic. That effectively shuts down all prep sports competition, which has been suspended by the Mississippi High School Activities Association since March 16.

Schools were tentatively set to reopen on April 20, which meant spring sports would have a shot at completing their seasons, albeit on a compressed schedule.

The MHSAA has not yet officially canceled the remainder of the spring season, but the organization will issue a statement regarding the matter later this week.

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