Sports in Cherokee County came to a standstill in reaction to the spreading pandemic of the new coronavirus.
With the Cherokee County School District closing its facilities through March 27 at the earliest, the fields and gyms at the county schools were also closed to all activities.
“Athletics, including facilities, are shut down through March 27, 2020,” Cherokee County athletic director Tonya Sebring said Friday in an email. “This includes conditioning and practice (on and off campus). At this time, activities are scheduled to resume activity March 28, 2020.”
With spring sports in full swing, the shutdown came with many teams beginning the bulk of their region schedules. Eight Georgia High School Association-sanctioned sports were in season — baseball, gymnastics, soccer, lacrosse, golf, tennis, slow-pitch softball and track and field.
Reinhardt University followed the lead of the NAIA, suspending athletic events and practices until further notice. The fitness center inside Brown Gymnasium will also be closed.
The scheduling changes also struck Woodstock’s Dixie Speedway, as the landmark dirt track announced Friday that Saturday’s Southern Classic Racing event would be canceled.
Track officials, however, left open the option of continuing its remaining schedule.
“The welfare and safety of drivers, fans and staff is most important during this time of uncertainty,” the track said in a post to its Facebook page, adding that it hoped to run its next scheduled event, the American Flat Track Motorcycle Race, on March 28.
In all, Dixie has 18 scheduled race weekends stretching into the fall during its 50th anniversary season.
“Dixie Speedway has a full schedule planned for the 2020 race season and at this time we will proceed with the remaining events as planned,” the post read.
“We are monitoring the situation with local officials and will provide updates as information becomes available.”