The aftermath of Hurricane Matthew has significantly changed high school sports schedules.
The North Carolina High School Athletic Association announced Wednesday that the deadline to report regional qualifiers for individual girls tennis has been extended until Oct. 19 at 3 p.m. The deadline to report dual team girls tennis was extended until Oct. 24 at 6 a.m. A new playoff schedule for dual team tennis will be released soon.
“The devastation as a result of Hurricane Matthew, particularly in eastern North Carolina, is stunning,” NCHSAA Commissioner Que Tucker said in a statement. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by the flooding that is ongoing.”
Tucker said the NCHSAA has been in contact with members impacted by the storm. At this time, there are no changes to any playoff schedules for boys soccer, cross country, football or volleyball.
“The NCHSAA is examining our options as it relates to playoffs and deadlines, but with flood waters still rising in some parts of the state, we will continue to monitor these situations,” Tucker said. “Our primary goal at this time is to try to provide fair and equitable opportunities for those who have qualified to compete in our championships.”
The Public Schools of Robeson County are closed through Wednesday, with the rest of the week in doubt as well. Purnell Swett has postponed Friday’s home football game against Richmond.