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Eagles Landing won't forfeit baseball series against Commerce
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The games will go on for Eagles Landing Christian Academy.

After a confirmed case of swine flu forced the private school in Henry County to close its doors, it seemed that the baseball and track teams might have to withdraw from region and state playoff events. But the Georgia High Schools Association confirmed Tuesday afternoon that the schools’ athletes will be allowed to compete.

The Eagles Landing baseball team is scheduled to play at Commerce in the first round of the state baseball playoffs Friday, and numerous athletes on the school’s boys track team will be in Jefferson this weekend for the state meet.

A story on WXIA’s Web site Tuesday morning stated that the school would be forced to pull out of all athletic events, according to the school’s president Tim Dowdy. However, that was contradicted by the Georgia High Schools Association.

Hours later, GHSA spokesman Steve Figueroa said that the Eagles Landing athletes would be allowed to compete and that the school would be re-opening sooner than expected.

The news coincides with the announcement from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that closures were no longer deemed necessary for schools where students have contracted swine flu.

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