(3-12-20) It has been an emotional week for high school sports fans in Ohio. First the announcement that tournament games would allow only ‘select fans’ and media to attend tournament games. Now today the announcement that all winter tournaments are suspended due to the coronavirus concerns.
The announcement follows those from pro and college sports suspending or cancelling their seasons. Other state associations are also considering the same issues for their tournaments.
Twitter was active on the issue…
man all i wanna do is play ball…😪
— Caleb Kinney (@kinney_caleb) March 12, 2020
Minster girls basketball team, most importantly the seniors, as heartbreaking as this is. Do NOT forget all that y’all have accomplished, y’all have made the entire town of Minster proud as hell to wear the black and orange these last 4 years! Prayin they find a solution! Go Cats
— Ethan Wolf (@Bcountry18) March 12, 2020
West Branch girls warming up here at St. John Arena but don’t expect a full game. According to sources around the arena, the OHSAA plans to cancel/postpone the entire state tournament in the next hour or so. Tip is 1 PM. Nothing official till Governor DeWine addresses at 2PM. pic.twitter.com/bghIKM3WTl
— Chase Evans (@crevans12) March 12, 2020
25 minutes after a heart breaking conversation with the team about not being able to play in the State Tournament,this is what the coaches see at the back of the bus: a team united! Helping and supporting each other through an unthinkable event. ❤️ #familyforever#tenaciousTODAY pic.twitter.com/dwkMXgkzpS
— Fort Loramie GirlsBB (@FLgirlsbball) March 12, 2020
The teams from Dayton Carroll and Beloit West Branch combined for a photo despite not being able to play their @OHSAASports semifinal basketball game today. @DispatchAlerts @daytondailynews @beaconjournal #coronavirus pic.twitter.com/ZTEZMueRNF
— Five Foot Photog 📸 (@FiveFootPhotog) March 12, 2020
The tears are starting to dry up and the smiles are beginning to show as the @NapCatsGBK girls check out the Wildcat Nation banner! Your support has been tremendous and has not gone unnoticed! #AllInNapoleon #NapoleonArmy pic.twitter.com/gILPTFCGrd
— JRess (@jressrunner) March 12, 2020
You and @Jerry_Snodgrass are complete idiots. This will all go down as one of the dumbest things to ever happen. Only people suffering are the kids and the opportunity they earned and you took away for your PR reasons
— Caleb Currier (@caleb_currier) March 12, 2020
@Jerry_Snodgrass should personally apologize face to face to EVERY single athlete. WHAT A F-IN SHAME!!!!!
— Jeremy Rubinstein (@DaddyRube) March 12, 2020
If the @OHSAASports cancels springs sports I will be thoroughly annoyed. Our girls have worked hard all winter and spring for now. To have them take away this season, is ridiculous. Plus we're outside!
— Heather Parrish (@MercyRT) March 12, 2020
— Scott M. Frey (@ScottMFrey) March 12, 2020
4 years we have worked our asses off for this. Our last shot taken with one press release. Even if it’s postponed, how many wrestlers can keep their weight down for much longer? Our bodies are already shot and some of us need fixed before we go onto college. Beyond disappointed.
— Gabe Phillips (@Gabe__Phillips) March 12, 2020
— Fort Loramie GirlsBB (@FLgirlsbball) March 13, 2020
The day turns from happiness to sadness so quickly. But can never take away the personal growth and improvement these ladies made over the last 5 months. Proud of each of them. Special young ladies. #BELIEVE pic.twitter.com/htPEWSv4Qx
— Mike Wiss (@MWsports89) March 13, 2020
…Will continue to update…
Looking back over my shoulder, one of the toughest walks I have had to make in my professional career knowing what this means to so many. pic.twitter.com/BqfZJylE1i
— Jerry Snodgrass (@Jerry_Snodgrass) March 12, 2020
California (CIF) has just canceled its 40th annual state basketball championships due to coronavirus concerns.
See how other states have been affected. ⬇️
— MaxPreps (@MaxPreps) March 12, 2020
Per IHSAA commissioner Bobby Cox. Boys basketball state tourney will continue but with a max of 75 people from each school at every regional site. Adminstrators, immediate famly and teams. All entrants will be screened by the school.
— Rick Semmler (@Rick_Sports10) March 12, 2020
The #IHSA has canceled its remaining winter State Series postseason tournaments, including Boys Basketball, Scholastic Bowl, Drama & Group Interpretation, Music, Debate and Journalism, over concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— IHSA #IHSA (@IHSA_IL) March 13, 2020
BREAKING: All MHSAA winter tournaments are suspended, effective immediately and indefinitely due to concerns related to COVID-19. This is a pause in the post-season; updates and press release to follow. https://t.co/ViRpLhxj9r
— MHSAA (@MHSAA) March 12, 2020