The TSSAA announced on Tuesday that it would be delaying it’s decision on whether or not to cancel the State Basketball Tournaments to a later date.
The tournaments were suspended due to the Coronavirus on Mar. 12, mere hours after the TSSAA announced that there would simply be limited attendance for the remaining rounds.
Executive Director Bernard Childress stated that he wanted all the student-athletes to know that they weren’t giving up and that they wanted to give them a chance to get the games in.
It’s been a positive response to the announcement thus far, as Stone Memorial girls Head Coach Mike Buck appreciated that the TSSAA were looking at solutions that benefited all parties involved.
“It impacts a whole lot of people,” Buck said. “I think they, instead of just throwing that blanket statement out there that we were done and we’re not going to even try to do this, I really feel like they are trying to do what’s right by as many people as possible. I commend them for that.”
Monterey boys Head Coach Adam West liked what he heard as well, saying it shows that the TSSAA is trying to give them a chance to achieve their main goal.
“Obviously, we’ve been disappointed in the last few days, but we’re extremely happy with Mr. Childress and all the other board of control members,” West said. “They made a decision that at least gives us an opportunity to have a chance to play for what we’ve worked really hard to get to.”
These were two of the seven UC Sports Nation teams still alive in the State Tournaments, as Clarkrange and Upperman remain on the girls side, and Upperman, York Institute and Clay County are still in the field on the boys side.