The Indiana High
School Athletic Association (IHSAA) officially cancelled the 2020 Boys
Basketball State Tournament on Thursday after Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb
closed all Indiana schools until May 1.
“It is with great
sadness and disappointment that we inform Hoosiers of the cancellation of
the remaining games of the 2020 IHSAA Boys Basketball Tournament series,”
IHSAA Commissioner Bobby Cox said in a press release. “While the Association
maintained every hope of continuance, it is now evident those hopes are now
unreachable. Albeit there will not be regional, semi-state and state
champions crowned across our four classifications, the health and safety of
our public remains paramount and our primary focus.”
“In my tenure in
public education of 40 years, there is nothing close to this,” CHS Athletic
Director Garry Nallenweg said. “It puts a lot of things in perspective.
We’ll get through it.”
The IHSAA is still
intending to stage an abbreviated spring sports program, according to Cox.
Spring sports teams
(Track & Field, Unified Track & Field, Softball, Baseball, Boys Golf and
Girls Tennis) are now allowed to act under IHSAA By-Law 15-2, Out-of-Season
competition, which allows parents and students to make an independent
determination to seek activity that is non-school sponsored.
“Our coaches and
student-athletes know that our grounds are off limits,” Garry Nallenweg
said. “I don’t think the Governor, or anybody else, is encouraging anybody
getting together. I’m a little surprised. I think it’s contrary to what they
are asking us to do.”
This does not
include a limited contact period or conditioning that is school sponsored.
If school begins again on May 1, athletes will be required to participate in
five separate days of practice before playing in an interscholastic event.
“When the boys held
a ‘break’ as they do at the end of every practice, it really hit me when our
seniors said they hoped it wasn’t the last one,” CHS Boys Track coach Bryan
“I really feel for
the seniors. They’ve worked so hard and it’s their last chance in high
school athletics. We all remember our senior year.”
“We are hopeful
that May 4 we are back in school, but everything is changing daily,” Garry
“We can’t do
anything moving forward until the Governor, the CDC and the Duneland School
Corporation say we can.”