Whittier Tech postpones fall sports, opts for ‘floating’ season

Whittier Tech postpones fall sports, opts for ‘floating’ season

HAVERHILL, Mass. — A Haverhill high school that serves students from across Essex County said it’s postponing all sports for the fall season after considering recent guidance and health trends.

Whittier Tech Superintendent Maureen Lynch and Director of Athletics Kevin Bradley said in a statement that the school will instead hold fall sports during a “floating” season that the MIAA offered as an option for schools in guidance released in late August. The floating season would happen between the winter and spring sports seasons.

“After significant consideration and a careful weighing of our options, we felt postponing the season would be the best decision for our student athletes, coaches and the broader Whittier Tech community,” Bradley said in the statement.

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The school serves about 1,400 students from northern Essex County communities.

The school said plans for the winter, floating and spring seasons are currently underway along with district officials, including members of the Commonwealth Athletic Conference to provide students the best sport season possible.

Whittier Tech said preliminarily, winter season sports, including basketball, wrestling and ice hockey, will run from November to late February. The fall sports/floating season will run from late February through early May for football, soccer, cross country, volleyball and golf. And spring sports, including baseball, softball, track and field, and lacrosse, will start in early May and run through mid-July.

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