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Minnesota high school sports abruptly canceled, 'devastating' those involved

By JIM PAULSEN and DAVID LA VAQUE, Star Tribune, 03/13/20, 6:00PM CDT


The MSHSL call to pull the plug on the finals hit abruptly and sank in slowly.

Rochester Lourdes players including Marissa Houfek, left, and Ella Hopkins, hugged each other after they left Williams Arena. The MSHSL announced the cancellation of the tournament and next week's boys' tournament. Photo: Liz Flores, Star Tribune

From Henning in the north to Blooming Prairie in the south, the high school basketball state tournament dreams of 60 Minnesota teams abruptly ended Friday morning amid the growing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minnesota State High School League canceled the remainder of the winter sports state championships.

The girls’ basketball state tournament, with two days left of tournament play, was called off with 12 teams still in the running for titles. Instead, no state champions will be determined in the four classes.

Boys’ basketball section finals, including 16 games scheduled for Friday night, and next week’s four-class state tournament also were canceled. Sixteen teams already had won their sections, celebrating afterward in the belief they would play in Minneapolis starting next Wednesday.

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