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Schools and Sports Shutdown For Remainder Of Year

The Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association, has followed suit of Tennessee governor Bill Lee’s recommendation of all school being closed, by canceling the boys and girl state basketball tournaments and all spring sports for the remainder of the 2020 school year.

Below is a press release from the TSSAA with the announcement of the cancelation on Wednesday afternoon, along with thoughts of various athletic directors and coaches across UC sports Nation:

With the Governor’s announcement of school closure for the remainder of the school year, all remaining TSSAA events for 2019-20, including all spring sports and the postponed BlueCross Basketball Championships, are cancelled.

“I hate it. I hate it for our seniors especially,” Livingston Academy athletic director and head football coach Bruce Lamb said. “For (their senior season) to be taken away I know it is heart breaking fir them.”

This is an unprecedented time across our state and country, and we do not make this decision lightly. We thank all of the participants, their coaches, administrators, parents, and everyone else who has dedicated a tremendous amount of time, passion, and effort to high school athletics, especially these affected events.

“I and my players are really heart broken,” Monterey boys basketball coach Adam West said. “Obviously we understand the gravity and greatness of the situation and all the things that can come from it. We are definitely disappointed, no doubt about it.”

To our senior participants – we thank you for everything you have done for your schools and communities and wish you the very best in your bright futures.

“I think I held out hope throughout March and the first few days of April that we had a chance to return to the fields in the spring and to at least have a tournament round and let the athletes play some,” Cookeville High School athletic director Steve Robins said. “It is understandable, their decision, it’s sad but understandable.”

This is difficult, but the lessons you’ve learned and friendships you’ve made through high school activities will last your lifetime.

We look forward to the resumption of high school athletics during the 2020-21 school year, and will continue work on those events at this time.

“We are so proud of our girls and boys basketball teams, for both teams to make it to state, that is just awesome,” Upperman athletic director Greg Wilson said. “That hadn’t been done in many years. To be honest it was a great let down because we had that little bit of hope that we might be able to compete in a tournament to finish out the final four for the girls and the final eight for the boys.”

The TSSAA thanks everyone involved for their patience and understanding throughout this process.

Information will be given to member schools regarding summer athletic activities in regards to the sports calendar at a date in the near future.

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