Governor Reynolds gives okay for summer sports; Pirates hope to compete in baseball and softball

Wednesday, May 19, Governor Kim Reynolds gave the okay for Iowa High Schools to resume participation in competitive athletics. Postville High School Athletic Director Brennan Williams said, “Right now we are working on ensuring the safety of the athletes, coaching staff and fans. We are working on ways to properly mark off spaces to keep proper social distancing practices in place, while, at the same time, providing proper sanitation procedures.”

The Boys Athletic Association and Girls Athletic Union are expected to provide more guidance to the school districts within the next week. Once the guidance comes down from the state, Williams, the coaches, and the administration will announce the parameters as to how the Postville baseball and softball seasons will progress.

He added, “We have reached out to the athletes and their parents in order to gauge how many athletes will be participating. Currently, it looks like we will have enough interest for both a girls and boys team at the varsity level. Other Upper Iowa Conference schools are checking numbers as well and we will meet next week to determine how scheduling will work.”

Presently, it looks like regular season games would only be against conference teams and the teams would not participate in any tournaments. The season would, more than likely, run for several weeks, ending sometime in August.

Williams concluded by saying, “When the details are worked out and the schedule is finalized, we will share it with the Herald and the community.”