GROVE - All Grove extracurricular activities have been temporarily shut down in an effort to combat the spread of the coronavirus.

The OSSAA has left a few decisions up to local schools districts for the time being but states and school districts all over the country are following CDC guidelines and suspending extracurricular activities.

Grove Public Schools has decided to follow CDC guidelines as well and suspended all sports until the virus outbreak is under control. At that point, they will make a decision on what is best.

The OSSAA has released this statement:

“Due to the public health concern, the OSSAA has postponed all the State Basketball Tournaments, all OSSAA Regional Speech Tournaments, and all OSSAA District Music contests for this weekend. No OSSAA Basketball State Tournament or OSSAA playoff-level fine arts contest will be scheduled during spring break (March 15th-March 22nd). We will update the OSSAA website as to when the tournaments will be rescheduled.

Local school districts have the discretion to determine whether or not any regular season contests should be played or postponed.”

With the recent suspension of the NBA, MLS, MLB, NHL, and the NCAA tournament and spring activities, a strong precedent has been set. GPS has stated they take the safety of their students in the highest concern:

"The safety of the kids comes first. We are of course disappointed, but the safety of the kids comes first," said Grove Athletic Director Richard Bassett.

“It’s a tough but necessary decision,” head baseball coach Drew Osborne said. “We didn’t get to take our spring break trip to Gulf Shores but when you look at what’s going on, the best decision is the safety of our kids.”

"I think the best case scenario is off for two weeks after spring break," said Tennis Head Coach Todd Kerr.

No decision has been made on when the school district will re-evaluate the situation. With the CDC asking Americans not to gather in groups of more than 50 at a time, it may be a while.

Powerlifting rescheduled for April

GROVE - The Oklahoma Football Coaches Association Powerlifting State meet has been rescheduled.

The new dates for the competition are Thursday and Friday, April 9-10.

More information can be found at www.ofbcapowerlifting.com.