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Van High Coach Dave Gogas sets up a drill for his players in 2019. Gogas and the Van Bulldog boys basketball team will join winter sports squads around the state and see their season delayed until Jan. 11, 2021.

MORGANTOWN — Gov. Jim Justice announced Friday that high school winter sports will not begin until Jan. 11.

Additionally, Justice issued an executive order extending the closure of schools for the Thanksgiving holiday through Dec. 2 for both public and private schools in all 55 counties.

“From the standpoint of all our winter sports, we are moving all of our winter sports and we are not going to conduct any of our winter sports. They will all be postponed until Jan. 11,” Justice said at his Friday morning COVID-19 press briefing.

“We all know that families are going to come together over Thanksgiving,” he said. “And as families come together, we all know the probability of more of a spread is right at our fingertips again.”

Justice added that the fall seasons that are still in play will be allowed to continue.

Boone County boys and girls basketball practices were set to start Nov. 16. Justice did not say whether practices could start on Jan. 11 or games could begin on Jan. 11.

Reporter Phil Perry can be reached at pperry@hdmediallc.com or at 304-307-2401.