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Coronavirus

IHSA cancels remaining winter series, including boys basketball postseason

Cary-Grove forward/center Frank Jakubicek (33) celebrates with the championship plaque after being mobbed by student fans after winning the IHSA Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional championship game against Jacobs at Cary-Grove High School on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Cary, Ill. Cary-Grove won, 45-39.
Cary-Grove forward/center Frank Jakubicek (33) celebrates with the championship plaque after being mobbed by student fans after winning the IHSA Class 4A Cary-Grove Regional championship game against Jacobs at Cary-Grove High School on Friday, March 6, 2020, in Cary, Ill. Cary-Grove won, 45-39.

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The Illinois High School Association announced the cancellation of its winter sports state series Thursday evening, including the remainder of the boys basketball postseason, due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis.

In a press release, IHSA executive director Craig Anderson said the situation had become "untenable."

"Multiple schools who are participating or hosting these sports and activities have been forced to withdraw from those roles, clarifying the need for the IHSA to take definitive action," Anderson said. "The Board considered suspending the events, but after deliberate discussion, did not believe that was a realistic option within the timeline. We feel for everyone who has been impacted, but must put the health and safety of all involved ahead of these events.”

The Class 1A and 2A boys basketball state tournaments were scheduled to begin Thursday morning in Peoria. The majority of Class 3A and 4A sectional championship games were scheduled for Friday evening.

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