EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Another ball dropped for sports in the Tri-State area as the Great Lakes Valley Conference announced its decision on Friday to suspend intercollegiate athletics and cancel all of the remaining spring activities, including the 2020 conference championships, due to concerns of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
This suspension of athletic-related activities, which includes practices and competition, is effective immediately for all sports.
14 Sports spoke with USI baseball coach Tracy Archuleta and softball coach Sue Kunkle, whose teams have both been pulled off the field for the foreseeable future.
“We’re disappointed that our season cannot continue, but at the same time, we understand what’s going on and what the circumstances are,” Archuleta said. “At this point in time, you never know when your last game is going to be. We have to make sure every breath and every step we take is important because we don’t know when our last day’s going to be, and that’s what we talked about. We talked about stuff like that, and then hoping that we would get an opportunity to play our season out.”
“This year was a big one for us, just as a sense of our personnel,” Kunkel said. “We were off to a really great start, and you know it’s not really relevant right now, but what’s relevant is our seniors and how they felt. You know they’re just destroyed right now. You know I think it was a little bit haste, but they’re trying to look out for everyone’s safety, and that’s first and foremost.”
The GLVC will review the status of the league suspension on April 6.