The Northeastern Conference school principals voted Monday by a 9-0-3 margin to cancel the entire high school fall sports season. The principals from Gloucester, Danvers, and Beverly abstained from the voting.
The NEC Athletic Directors had earlier voted 7-5 to recommend the cancellation of the fall sports season.
All Winthrop High School sports teams compete in the Northeastern Conference.
Due to the coronavirus, the MIAA Board of Directors had originally voted to recommend moving the sports of football and cheerleading to the spring of 2021. The NEC principals’ vote will now move all fall sports, including golf, volleyball, soccer, and cross country to the spring for what is being called the “Fall 2” season.
It is expected that practices for the “Fall 2” season would begin in late February, with games against NEC opponents slated for March and April.