Perry sports hope to return in May, new schedules announced

Sean Cordy - Correspondent
Perry’s Jordan Long competes in the long jump last season. PHOTO BY ALLISON ULLMANN/THE PERRY CHIEF

While the world is on pause, there was no more appropriate day than National Student Athlete Day to announce Iowa sports plans to resume next month.

While health recommendations surrounding COVID-19 have shuttered school activities through April 30 for Perry and the rest of the state, on Monday the IHSAA and IGHSAU announced plans to allow spring practices to resume on May 1.

Following the first official practices, competitions for golf, track and field and soccer will begin on May 4.

Perry activities director Tom Lipovac said he will meet with the Raccoon River Conference directors on Wednesday, April 8 to discuss specific scheduling for the shortened spring seasons.

In addition to scheduling the spring season, Lipovac said he has met with other AD’s around the country through virtual meetings to discuss when to move forward with an abbreviated season.

The first track meet was set to take place the first week of April on Perry’s home track. It remains to be determined where the Bluejay/Jayette Invitational may land on the new schedule. Both boys soccer and golf were originally set to have home tournaments to kick off their seasons as well.

This late start to the seasons has the postseason approaching fast with track state qualifying meets beginning May 28 for both boys and girls squads. The state meet will run June 4-6 as well.

Boys golf has its eye on May 26 for the playoffs, and June 8-9 for state competition. Girls golf postseason begins May 29, and commences June 11-12 at state.

All listed dates are subject to change. New dates for baseball and softball have not been announced, but are likely to change as their first official practices were set for May 1.