By Shereen Siewert
The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association announced late Thursday that all remaining games of the State Girls Basketball Tournament, the boys basketball sectional finals and the state tournament are canceled in response to the evolving concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
“The WIAA regrets the lost opportunity for teams and players that have worked to achieve their goals and the communities that have supported them throughout the year,” officials wrote, in a prepared statement.
“I want the student-athletes and their coaches to know that your school leaders, the WIAA Executive Staff, all our committees and the Board of Control have done everything imaginable to try to provide and preserve these opportunities for you,” Executive Director Dave Anderson said. “However, we want and need to be responsible in helping the global and state efforts to stem the tide and spread of this virus.”
Earlier on Thursday the WIAA learned that the Kohl Center would not be available for the State Boys Basketball Tournament scheduled for March 19-21. Many professional, collegiate and high school associations have postponed or canceled scheduled events as a result of the pandemic.
Tickets for the WIAA Girls and Boys State Basketball tournaments will be refunded in full. Please allow staff time to make these refunds and contact the WIAA office only if you do not see a refund to your account within two weeks of the tournament.
Any tickets purchased at school will be refunded by the local school and not the Resch Center or the WIAA.