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MHSAA suspends all winter tournaments

By: C & G Sports Staff | C&G Newspapers | Published March 12, 2020

METRO DETROIT — With multiple athletic leagues starting to postpone or cancel events across the nation, the Michigan High School Athletic Association has followed suit. 

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the MHSAA has suspended all postseason activities immediately and indefinitely. MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl added that more information and updates will come and that no timetable has been set for possibly rescheduling postseason tournaments. 

While wrestling, bowling and cheer wrapped up March 6-7, hockey, gymnastics and swim were scheduled to host their finals March 13-14, and boys and girls basketball were in the middle of their postseason tournaments. 

“Based on the events of the last 48 hours and with things changing by the minute, we believe we have no choice but to suspend our winter tournaments immediately,” Uyl said in a prepared statement. “This is a suspension until we have a better handle on the situation. The health and welfare of everyone involved is our number one priority.”

In addition to the postseason suspension, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has announced the closing of all K-12 school buildings to help slow the spread of COVID-19. 

School closings began March 16 and will run through April 5. School buildings are scheduled to reopen April 6. At press time, the number of presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Michigan was 53. 

“This is a necessary step to protect our kids, our families, and our overall public health,” Whitmer said in a prepared statement. “I am working with partners across state government to ensure educators, parents, and students have the support they need during this time, and to ensure our children who rely on school for meals have access to food. I know this will be a tough time, but we’re doing this to keep the most people we can safe. I urge everyone to make smart choices during this time and to do everything they can to protect themselves and their families.”

To learn more about COVID-19, please visit www.michigan.gov/coronavirus.

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