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The Mid-Penn is delaying fall sports

From staff reports

HARRISBURG – The Mid-Penn Conference said on Monday evening that it is delaying all fall sports practices until Sept. 4, the conference announced in a release to media members.

The decision affects all Mifflin County High School sports along with Juniata High School football, which is competing as a football-only member in the Mid-Penn Liberty Division starting in 2020.

The Mid-Penn released the following statement on Monday:

“In response to the delay of school start-ups by many school districts, the Mid-Penn Conference has designated Sept. 4, 2020 as the earliest date to begin formal fall sports practices, pending local board approvals. More information will be released after Thursday’s Mid-Penn Conference Athletic Director’s meeting.”

Mifflin County athletic director Tish Maclay said in a text message on Monday night that Mifflin County High School will comply with the Mid-Penn Conference’s decision.

With the first official practice date moving to Sept. 4, the PIAA’s current mandate of a three-week preseason for football makes Sept. 25 the earliest that Mid-Penn Conference members could play high school football. Mifflin County was scheduled to travel to State College on Aug. 28, while Juniata was supposed open its season at Line Mountain.

New earliest start dates for competition are Sept. 9 for golf and Sept. 11th for tennis. No other sports would begin play until Sept. 25 for Mifflin County.

No other information is available at this time.

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