WIAA cancels boys and girls state basketball tournamentsSubmitted: 03/12/2020
WIAA cancels boys and girls state basketball tournaments
Andrew Goldstein
Andrew Goldstein
Sports Anchor/Reporter

MADISON - The WIAA has announced that it will be cancelling the remainder of the boys and girls basketball tournaments.

The association's control board decided to abruptly halt the postseason tournaments after growing concerns over COVID-19, or coronavirus.

"I want the student-athletes and their coaches to know that your school leaders, the WIAA Executive Staff, all our committees and the Board of Control have done everything imaginable to try to provide and preserve these opportunities for you," executive director Dave Anderson said. "However, we want and need to be responsible in helping the global and state efforts to stem the tide and spread of this virus."

Most of the semifinals have already been played in the girls basketball tournaments at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Division five semifinals were scheduled to be played Friday with the championship rounds on Saturday.

Boys basketball was set to be played from March 19-March 21. UW-Madison had already announced it would not allow the tournaments to be hosted in the Kohl Center on campus.

The boys basketballs season was halted just shy of the sectional finals. Laona/Wabeno and Rib Lake were set to meet in that final round on Saturday for the right to go to the state tournament.

No word has been given yet on whether spring sports will continue as scheduled.

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