High school athletics suspended across North Carolina

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CHAPEL HILL – The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Thursday afternoon suspended all of its member interscholastic athletics effective at 11:59 p.m. on Friday as a result of the spread of COVID-19

That includes 2020 Men’s and Women’s Basketball State Championships, which had been scheduled to be played this weekend.

“As much as we would like this opportunity for our student-athletes, coaches, and their communities, we know that ultimately any decision we make must err on the side of caution,” said Commissioner Que Tucker.

The title games have been postponed indefinitely. The suspension of regular season events in various sports will be at least through Monday, April 6, according to the association.

“The NCHSAA Board of Directors will assess this situation regularly over the next few weeks,” the agency said in announcing the suspension of activity. “This includes all workouts, skill development, practices and contests.”

Earlier in the day the association had announced it would ban most fans from the state basketball championships, with only “essential staff and limited family in attendance.” Now, the fate of the title games will be decided later.

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