MIDVALE — The Utah High School Activities Association announced Tuesday that high school spring sports have officially been canceled for the remainder of the school year. The announcement came a few hours after Utah Gov. Gary Herbert announced that school closures have been extended to the end of the school year.

“In accordance with Gov. Gary R. Herbert and State Superintendent Syd Dickson’s announcement earlier today that Utah schools will be closed to in-person learning for the remainder of the school year, the Utah High School Activities Association has canceled all remaining spring activities, including sports and state championships. Current UHSAA policies prohibiting the use of school facilities and organizing practice and/or team gatherings remain in effect until further notice,” the UHSAA statement said.

The UHSAA suspended the seven spring sports on March 16, a suspension that was scheduled to last until at least May 1.

It is now a permanent suspension, which means that the month of May — typically the busiest on the high school calendar — will now be the quietest.

With boys and girls lacrosse becoming an officially sanctioned UHSAA sport his spring, 42 spring sports state championships were expected to be given away next month in baseball, boys soccer, softball, boys and girls track and field, boys and girls lacrosse, girls golf and boys tennis.

“Although we completely understand and support the decisions, I am saddened for all spring sports athletes. Coaches, athletes, parents, officials and communities have all been looking forward to the spring sports season. They had prepared and were striving to achieve their goals. Hopefully this moment in our lives pushes us for more unity, more life lessons to be learned, more integrity and respect for each pitch that it really could be our last. We will get through this and come out stronger learning from our current situation,” said Cottonwood baseball coach Jason Crawford.

The UHSAA statement continued to say, “The UHSAA Board of Trustees promotes the benefits of participating in education-based high school activities and recognizes the overwhelming disappointment this decision is for the students and athletes, especially seniors. The board’s highest priority is ensuring the health and safety of the students, schools and communities during this challenging time and looks forward to the day when students are again participating in education-based activities. The Board will meet in the coming weeks to address any concerns that arise with member schools from the COVID-19 pandemic.”

The UHSAA said it’s too early to tell if fall sports will be affected due to COVID-19.

When the busy spring sports calendar returns in 2021, the defending state champs will remain the same in the following sports:

Baseball — Pleasant Grove, Cottonwood, Desert Hills, Richfield, Milford

Boys soccer — Weber, Brighton, Sky View, Judge Memorial

Softball — Herriman, West, Tooele, Grantsville, Enterprise

Boys track — Syracuse, Corner Canyon, Desert Hills, Morgan, Millard, Monticello

Girls track — Lone Peak, Provo, Cedar City, Delta, North Summit, Panguitch

Girls golf — Lone Peak, Timpview, Ridgeline, Richfield, Beaver, Rich

Boys golf — Valley

Boys tennis — Lone Peak, Skyline, Park City, Waterford

This story will be updated.