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Illinois became the latest state to pull the plug on high school basketball state tournaments Thursday evening.
After electing to continue play with limited spectators Thursday morning, the Illinois High School Association informed participants about 12 hours later that the tournament would be halted due to coronavirus concerns.
"We appreciate the patience and understanding that we have received from everyone involved in this process over the past 72 hours," said IHSA executive director Craig Anderson. "We have stressed the fluidity of this situation and have been transparent about the possibility that a suspension or cancellation could occur. While we had support from the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Peoria City/County Health Department to continue our events with limited spectators, it has become untenable to continue the events among our member schools.
"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. 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 girls basketball tournament in Illinois was completed last weekend. The fate of spring sports in the state are to be determined.
Updates at the IHSA website
will be provided as news and information develops.