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IHSAA cancels Boys Basketball Tourney, optimistic on Spring seasons

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By TR HARLAN

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 Nallenweg said.

“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 Nallenweg said.

“We can’t do anything moving forward until the Governor, the CDC and the Duneland School Corporation say we can.”

 

 

Posted 3/20/2020

 
 
 
 

 

 

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