BUCKHANNON – Following the announcement by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice on Tuesday after he canceled in-person school the rest of the academic year West Virginia High School Athletic Association Executive Director Bernie Dolan announced the state high school basketball tournaments and all spring sports were off.
“This is an extremely difficult time for our students, coaches, schools, and communities,” stated WVSSAC executive director Bernie Dolan said in a press release. “West Virginians are a resilient group who will overcome this virus and all the problems that come with it.”
In regard to the annual three-week period the WVSSAC typically provides for member schools, Dolan said the WVSSAC will “provide guidance” as “more information comes to light.”
Until then, he reinforced that though tough, both the governor’s decision as well as the WVSSAC’s is in the best interest of the safety of the state, and encouraged everybody to continue to do everything in their power to combat the virus and keep in good health.
“For the safety of our students, schools, and the communities, this was the right decision,” remarked Dolan. “The WVSSAC wishes that everyone stay safe during these difficult times. Even though we are practicing physical separation, it is more important than ever to stay connected with our family, teammates, and friends.
For the winter sports 15 girls basketball teams and 32 boys basketball teams were still alive in postseason play at the time of the suspension. Nine of the 21 games at the girls state tournament were completed. Sixteen boys basketball teams had clinched spots in the Class AAA and Class A state tournaments by winning their regionals. Sixteen more teams had yet to play their Class AA regionals.
The spring sports season for baseball, softball, lacrosse, tennis and track and field had yet to open.