MSHSL cancels rest of winter season, delays spring start

Luke Stadther Sports Writer

Concerns over the Coronavirus outbreak have led to many changes over the past few weeks. Professional and amateur sporting events have been cancelled or postponed indefinitely due to safety guidelines proposed by state legislatures. Most of those guidelines include the cancelations of gatherings of 50-plus people. Last Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League announced it was canceling the remainder of its winter sports, including the 2020 Girls’ Basketball State Tournament which was being played out at Williams Arena and Maturi Pavilion on the Campus of the University of Minnesota. The Class AAA and AAAA brackets had finals, third place and consolation games remaining while Classes A and AA were still in semifinal action. The MSHSL said in a statement, “Amid growing concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the remainder of the girls state basketball tournaments have been canceled.

The safety of all concerned is paramount.” The Boys’ Basketball season was also canceled with some teams still awaiting their section final as was Section 2A. Others, including Southwest Minnesota Christian from Section 3A, had already punched their ticket to the 2020 MSHSL State Tournament. Renville County West activities director Derik Johnson said, “I feel for some of these teams, especially the ones who were making their first trip to state. That along with the seniors on the teams; its a tough way to end a season, so many questions about what if.” The MSHSL also postponed the section speech tournaments scheduled this week, March 15-21. Those events are, as of now, postponed indefinitely. The MSHSL spring seasons have also been affected by postponements.

Due to schools closing this week until March 30, spring practices will not official start until then. The league also postponed all spring events until April 6. No scrimmages or competitions, including practices with other schools, according to the MSHSL. Derek Flann, BOLD activities director, said, “I have encouraged coaches to stay in contact with their players during this two week delay. I sent some direction to the coaches on what can and cannot be done, but how they go about implementing things is on them. This will be a time where athletes need to take it upon themselves to prepare for the upcoming seasons. The onus is directly on our athletes. Are they disciplined enough to get it done on their own? As of the current postponement dates we could still see the majority of our spring seasons played out. We will just have to wait and see if another round of delays comes.” Johnson reiterated, “Communication will be key for our coaches and athletes over this time. Until March 30 or more postponements are announced we need to operate with April 6 in mind, the day competition can resume.” Both schools will be closing their facilities during this time, including the weight room and gymnasium usually open to the public in Renville. “We will take this time to give our facilities a much needed cleaning,” remarked Flann. “Beyond this Coronavirus outbreak, we here at BOLD, like at many other area schools, have seen an increased number of influenza this year. Hopefully this extra time will allow us to get ahead of things.” Along with the main seasonal sports, area athletes have seen delays to out of season sports. Youth wrestling, junior olympic volleyball and late season youth basketball have all seen delays


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