State Basketball, Speech and Debate Cancelled
Decision made by Wyoming Department of Health
March 11, 2020
*UPDATE 03/13/2020 2 p.m.* The WHSAA has announced that the 3A/4A Basketball Tournament will not take place this year.
"We understand the tremendous disappointment this decision is for our student athletes, especially our seniors, but please realize that we must be a responsible state organization and that our highest priority is ensuring the safety of our students, schools and communities," the WHSAA stated in a press release.
In addition to announcing that the 3A/4A Basketball Tournament will not take place this year, the WHSAA also announced suspension of all extracurricular activities statewide beginning on March 16 and extending until March 28. The WHSAA added that schools have the option to extend that timeline should they choose to do so.
Following a decision by the Wyoming Department of Health, two state competitions have been cancelled for high school athletics and activities. The decision was announced Thursday morning on the Wyoming High School Athletics Association website. The announcement simply ready "The 3A/4A State Basketball Tournament and State Speech have been cancelled. The Health Department has made the decision."
The decision from the Wyoming Department of Health comes less than 24 hours after having announced the first confirmed case of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Wyoming.
Saratoga resident Jason Campbell, father of talk jocks Kaitlyn and Jaden Campbell, told the Sun, "The girls got all the way to Green River and then they were notified that the State Speech Meet was cancelled. We have a couple of sad girls." Campbell added that Sheryl Hunter, head coach of the Saratoga Speech and Debate team, said the team was "crushed" by the decision.