The Michigan High School Athletic Association (MHSAA) has suspended what remains of the winter athletic season Thursday afternoon due to the spread of the Coronavirus.
“Earlier today the MHSAA made the very difficult decision to suspend all of our winter tournament events effective immediately,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said in a video on the MHSAA’s website and Twitter account. “This is because of the new information we have received over the last 48 hours from the govenor’s office from the department of health and human services as well as being in contact with our superintendent’s group, principal’s group as well as all the other sport leagues at various levels.
“This is a true and real public health crisis at the time and we need to do what we can to help slow and mitigate the spread of this virus. More information will be forthcoming in the next few days. Please understand with all of our winter events – our athletes, our coaches and our spectators this is a suspension of our winter tournaments. We just don’t have enough information at this time and the information we do have is rapidly changing so this suspension should give us some time to see where the dust settles in a few days and further information and updates will be coming at that time.”
Earlier in the day many events were still expected to be played but were going to happen with no or limited spectators.
Events involving tri-county athletes that will be suspended include two basketball games, the state gymnastics meet and the state swim meet.
Lake Fenton's varsity girls basketball team was scheduled to play Imlay City in a regional championship game tonight at Goodrich.
On Friday, the Linden varsity boys basketball team was scheduled to play the Howell Highlanders in a district title game at Howell High School at 6 p.m.
Of course, if either basketball team won their game (and both were probably favored to do just that) they would've advanced deeper into their tournaments.
The Fenton varsity boys swim team has seven athletes qualified for the D2 state swim meet. Also, the Linden/Fenton/Lake Fenton co-op gymnastics team had some athletes qualified for the individual gymnastics state meet scheduled for Saturday.