Updated: 5:03 p.m.
The Minnesota State High School League is canceling the rest of the girls state basketball tournament and coming boys sectional and state basketball tournaments amid growing concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.
The league had hoped to continue the girls tournament, which was set to run into the weekend, but in a Twitter post Friday morning, officials said that the safety of all concerned was paramount. The league also postponed sectional speech tournament events for the coming week.
League officials, however, are still hoping to salvage the spring season after a hiatus.
In a Friday afternoon update, the league said it would limit participation in spring sports and activities to practice and tryouts only through April 5, with no scrimmages, competitions, practices, training sessions or participation with other member schools.
However, that would still allow for competition from April 6 through the end of the school year. John Millea with the high school league tweeted:
Most Minnesota college and professional teams have already canceled or temporarily suspended play over concerns of the coronavirus.
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