Prep Sports: WIAA cancels remaining winter state tournament events
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Prep Sports: WIAA cancels remaining winter state tournament events

Thursday night was the final night of the prep winter sports season.

The WIAA announced on Thursday evening it is canceling the remaining girls basketball state and boys basketball sectional and state tournament events in response to the evolving concerns over the spread of COVID-19.

“I want the student-athletes and their coaches to know that your school leaders, the WIAA Executive Staff, our committees and the Board of Control have done everything imaginable to try to provide and preserve these opportunities for you,” WIAA Executive Director Dave Anderson said in a press release Thursday evening. “However, we want and need to be responsible in helping the global and state efforts to stem the tide and spread of this virus.”

The McDonell boys basketball team defeated Thorp 47-35 in a Division 5 sectional semifinal and Chi-Hi fell to Neenah 49-47 in a Division 1 semifinal. The Macks were scheduled to face Luck on Saturday in Superior with a chance at the program's fifth state tournament on the line.

But that will not happen now as the WIAA joins a lengthy list of sports organizations that have either put their seasons on hold or ended them altogether.

Earlier in the day the WIAA was informed the Kohl Center in Madison would not be available for next week's state tournament. Tickets for all boys and girls state tournament games will be refunded in full. Please allow staff time to make these refunds and contact the WIAA office only if you do not see a refund to your account within two weeks of the tournament. Any tickets purchased at school will be refunded by the school.

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