Farmville Central

Farmville Central’s Terquavion Smith dunks during a game this season.

The North Carolina High School Athletic Association still hopes to play spring sports this year and even play the suspended state championship basketball games left stranded for nearly a month by the COVID-19 pandemic.

An update from the NCHSAA on Monday reiterated that while scholastic sports will remain on hold until at least May 18, there is still hope sports can resume sooner than expected.

According to the statement, the NCHSAA will use the coming weeks to make decisions on how best to proceed in the wake of Gov. Roy Cooper’s issuance of a statewide stay-at-home order.

“Such decisions will include the possible resumption of spring sports’ competition and the possibility of holding the state basketball championships,” the statement said. “While we remain hopeful that we will be able to resume competition, particularly for our senior student-athletes, we also recognize the need to protect the health and safety of our students, coaches and the communities we serve.”