Class 3A and 4A State Basketball Officially Cancelled

Written by on March 12, 2020

WYOMING’S CLASS 3A AND 4A STATE BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT HAS BEEN OFFICIALLY CANCELLED. THE WYOMING HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASSOCIATION WAS INSTRUCTED BY THE WYOMING DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND NATRONA COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT TO CANCEL THE STATE TOURNAMENT. THERE IS NO SUSPECTED CASES IN NATRONA COUNTY AT THIS TIME.

WHSAA COMMISSIONER RON LAIRD SAID HE WOULD BE GETTING THE WHSAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS TOGETHER THURSDAY.

“WE WILL GO AHEAD AND LOOK AT WHAT OPTIONS WE HAVE. JUST OFFHAND, I THINK IT’S GOING TO BE TOUGH (TO RESCHEDULE) CAUSE I DON’T KNOW HOW LONG THIS QUARANTINE PERIOD WILL BE FROM THE STATE, AND WE’RE ALREADY INTO TRACK AND SOCCER. FACILITY-WISE, IF WE DO DO IT, IT WOULD PROBABLY BE SPLITTING THE TOURNAMENTS UP TO TRY AND MAKE IT HAPPEN. WE’RE JUST GOING TO HAVE TO LOOK AT ALL OPTIONS RIGHT NOW.”

LAIRD ADDED, “IT CHANGED PRETTY QUICKLY FROM WHEN WE CALLED AT 8 (THIS MORNING), THAT WE WERE GOOD TO GO. THEN AT 9, WE GOT A CALL THAT SAID WE WEREN’T GOOD TO GO AND WE WERE GOING TO LIMIT FANS. THEN, RIGHT AFTER THAT, WE GOT THE CALL SAYING IT’S CANCELED.”

HE WENT ON TO SAY THAT “WE AGREE THE SAFETY IS THE NO. 1 CONCERN.”

ACCORDING TO WYOMING-BASKETBALL.COM, THE STATE TOURNAMENT WAS ALSO CANCELED IN 1936.

BASKETBALL GAMES DID GET UNDERWAY WITH THE FIRST GAMES OF THE DAY AT 9 THURSDAY MORNING AND WERE SET TO CONTINUE ON. AT AROUND 10AM IT WAS ANNOUNCED, AS A PRECAUTIONARY MEASURE, TAHT NO ONE WOULD BE ADMITTED INTO THE GYMNASIUM IN CASPER EXCEPT PLAYERS, COACHES, OFFICIALS AND TABLE WORKERS. THE TOURNAMENT WAS OFFICIALLY CANCELLED AT 10:30 THURSDAY MORNING.

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