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MSHSAA cancels state basketball championships in response to coronavirus concerns

Missouri was the last state to officially cancel live high school sports

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On Monday morning, Missouri joined the rest of the country in canceling the remainder of the high school basketball season.

The Missouri State High School Activity Association (MSHSAA) gave the official word on Twitter, saying that due to concerns regarding the spread of COVID-19, it would be canceling the rest of the Show-Me Showdown for Classes 4 and 5.

"We understand the unexpected hurdles this creates for our schools and fans, and apologize for the inconveniences it has caused. Our thoughts are with our schools as they navigate the uncertainty of these times," MSHSAA Executive Director Kevin Urhahn said in a statement.

The rest of the state championship games were slated to be played in Springfield later this week. Missouri was the final state in the country to announce the cancellation of it ongoing high school sports.

Several St. Louis teams were still in the running for state titles. On the boys side, Chaminade, CBC and Vashon were slated to play. On the girls side, Incarnate Word, Kirkwood and Hazelwood Central were still in the running.

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