PARIS, Ill. (WTWO/WAWV)– The Illinois High School Association chose to move forward athletics this school year.
“We’ve been waiting for it all year. Finally got the green light to do it and we’re all excited,” Paris High School senior Jude Sullivan said.
The decision for IHSA to resume athletics comes after the state moved to phase four. Athletic seasons will be shortened for every sport.
Many sports including boys/girls basketball and bowling are eligible to begin practice immediately. Coaches were unsure this day would even come.
“Well it’s obviously not an ideal situation but what has been from 2020 all the way through this situation,” Paris High School football/softball head coach Jeremy Clodfelder said. “A kid has to balance themselves academically. They got to balance themselves as student athletes.”
For many seniors this could be their last time lacing up their shoes which carries more importance for many.
“I’ll be honest. I didn’t think we were going to get to play,” Paris senior Danny Perry said. “I didn’t see anything that was going to say ‘hey, we’re going to play.’ We’re a really close group of seniors here at Paris and we’re good too.”
Matt Sullivan who is a parent of a multi-sport athlete at Paris says though there will be no postseason this year, he’s excited the athletes will have the opportunity to display their skills this season.
“We’re very thankful he gets a chance to suit up for the Paris tigers again,” Sullivan noted. “For most of these kids it’ll be the last time they ever get to play in a sport where anyone comes to watch.”