The Indiana High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) made the announcement yesterday afternoon that the remainder of the Boys Basketball State Tournament has been cancelled. When Governor Holcomb announced that all schools in the state of Indiana will remained closed until May 1, the IHSAA confirmed the decision.
The Covenant Boys Basketball team (19-7, 4-1) finished the season ranked #15 in the Class 2A final poll, and defeated Park Tudor 54-45 in the Sectional #42 final. The sectional title was the Warrior’s first in nine seasons and the third overall in program history. CCHS was slated to face #6 South Decatur HS (24-2) in the opening game of Regional #11 last Saturday at Greenfield-Central HS. Regional #11 also included #1 ranked Shenandoah HS (23-2) and #7 ranked Parke Heritage HS (23-3). The global Coronavirus pandemic caused the postponement and then cancellation.
"I thought, "Man, it's Indiana. We're going to get this thing in.'"
— Kyle Neddenriep (@KyleNeddenriep) March 19, 2020
Coach Scott Flatt, obviously disappointed by the unusual circumstances, felt that the Warriors had a great chance to win their first regional title in program history and go even deeper. CCHS had some of the best depth and athleticism in their history, as they took second in the Circle City Conference, advanced to the City Tournament semifinals, and set a program record with 19 victories. The loss of the completion of the state tournament is especially disappointing too for this year’s seniors. The five seniors helped CCHS set several new program records this year as well.
The IHSAA also announced some other new updates and changes for Spring sports in light of the May 1 announcement. The IHSAA announced that when Spring teams return to school and practice in early May, they will only require athletes to complete five team practices before competing in competitions. Typically, per IHSAA by-laws, each student athlete is required to participate in ten separate practices before any contests. This adjustment should allow most Spring teams to begin contests around May 7, complete an abbreviated regular season, and then participate in the state tournaments.
The nature of this pandemic and it’s effects on the schedule of events, things are still very fluid. Please stay tuned to media outlets such as this website, the Covenant Athletics twitter (@athletics4CCHS), the CCHS school website, and the IHSAA website for any additional changes or updates.