The Virginia High School League announced Tuesday it is developing plans for reopening fall athletics and activities during the coronavirus pandemic.

The organization said it is working to develop plans that would be in compliance with possible state directives from Gov. Ralph Northam, the Virginia Department of Education, the Virginia Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The VHSL will begin meeting with the Coach Advisory Committees of fall sports to discuss developing reopening plans. Those discussions will focus on multiple scenarios related to start dates — depending on Northam’s guidelines for when schools will reopen — while also implementing safety measures for resuming practices, setting regular-season schedules and finalizing state playoffs for fall sports.

The VHSL previously announced Friday it canceled out-of-season practices and all summer activities until further notice for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL

Rustburg’s Dawson announces college choice

Rustburg senior TaRiya Dawson has committed to continue her basketball career at Northern Virginia Community College.

Dawson, a second-team all-Seminole District selection, led the Red Devils in scoring at 10.1 points per game. She also dished out a team-high 60 assists on the season.

Dawson shot 81% from the free-throw line and 46% from the field, and tallied 90 total rebounds and 24 steals, both good for second on the team.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Merritt commits to Liberty

Liberty secured its second verbal commitment in the recruiting class of 2021 when Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College defensive tackle Brian Merritt announced his intentions on social media Tuesday evening.

The 6-foot, 290-pound Merritt saw playing time in all 12 games as a freshman in the 2019 campaign. He posted 39 tackles (23 solo), 11 tackles for a loss, five sacks and one fumble recovery.

Merritt also had offers from Houston, Troy and Texas-San Antonio, according to the recruiting website 247 Sports.

He played at Colquitt County High School in Moultrie, Georgia, and was named to the Georgia Sports Writers Association Class AAAAAAA all-state second team as a senior when he had 60 tackles, 36 tackles for a loss, 10 sacks and 19 quarterback hurries.

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