Harmony McSorley

The ASAA state basketball tournaments and cheer championships have been canceled. ASAA made the announcement Saturday.

“ASAA agrees with the state of Alaska’s assessment that our best course of action in dealing with (covid-19) is to slow down the statewide spreading of the virus,” ASAA officials said in a press release. “One of the ways to mitigate the spread is to not have large statewide gatherings. March Madness Alaska is possibly the largest statewide gathering each year and ASAA would not be acting responsibly if we were to host this year’s event.”

ASAA announced March 11 that its state basketball tournaments and cheer championships would be postponed. But that was before the first positive test for coronavirus in Alaska and Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s call to close all schools in Alaska through March 30.

“ASAA understands many students and adults will be severely disappointed by the need to cancel March Madness Alaska. However, when discussing the merits of educational based activity participation, concepts such as teamwork and sacrifice are often mentioned. This is a time when these concepts will be applied in order to help best protect our state,” ASAA said in the release.

March 19-21. ASAA’s 1A state tournament was originally scheduled for March 18-21. The 2A tourney was scheduled for March 19-21. The 3A and 4A tourneys were set for March 25-28.

ASAA also announced on Sunday that high school sports in the spring have been postponed. The first practice date is now listed as to be announced for baseball, softball, soccer, and track and field.

“This decision is based on the guidance of state health officials and the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development,” ASAA said in a press release.

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