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Pennsylvania high schools going ahead with fall sports

The PIAA board of directors voted 25-5 to authorize competition begin next week.
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Pennsylvania high school sports will begin Monday.

On Friday, the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) voted 25-5 in favor of football, soccer, tennis, field hockey and girls volleyball getting underway next week.

The decision came a couple of weeks after Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that amateur sports in Pennsylvania be put on hold until Jan. 1. The PIAA board of directors overwhelmingly voted otherwise.

“The board agrees the decision to compete in athletics should be made locally allowing for each school entity to decide whether to proceed and which sports to sponsor,” the PIAA said in a release. “The PIAA is committed to providing a season for all sports and all student-athletes in the upcoming school year and will continue to remain flexible."

The release said thousands of student-athletes, coaches and parents had contacted the PIAA since its last meeting.