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COVID-19 brings AQ athletics to a halt

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Story by Kait Goodenough, Sports Editor

Photo courtesy of Maddie Dryps

Over the last few weeks, COVID-19 has brought countless events across the nation to a halt.  Unfortunately, Aquinas athletics is no exception.

Friday, March 13 proved to be a very unlucky day for athletes, as the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC) canceled the remainder of the 2020 spring athletic season in response to the Coronavirus pandemic.

This decision made by the WHAC Council of Presidents put an end to all scheduled spring 2020 competitions, practices, workouts and team activities.  These cancellations took effect at midnight ET on Saturday, March 14.

The cancellation of the 2020 spring athletic season greatly disrupts the lives of athletes in all 23 sports in the WHAC.

The WHAC currently features this statement in regard to the decision on its website:

“This has been the most disruptive week I have ever experienced in 35 years of intercollegiate athletics,” said WHAC Commissioner Rob Miller. “During this uncharted time, I have been very impressed with the leadership from presidents and athletics directors of our member schools.”

On top of the cancellation of the spring 2020 athletic season, the Aquinas athletic department postponed its Coach Terry Bocian AQ Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony, originally scheduled for Friday, April 24.  A new date has not been decided, however, according to the AQ athletics website, the newest AQ Athletic Hall of Fame induction class was to be announced Wednesday, March 25.

The Sturrus Sports and Fitness Center and Alksnis Athletics and Recreation Building are also closed as of Wednesday, March 18 per Executive Order No. 2020-9 by Governor Whitmer.  Sturrus will be closed through at least Friday, April 24.

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