TSSAA Holding Out Hope for End to Winter/Spring Sports
By Zachary Reaves
MTN Sports Reporter
March 29, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has halted pro sports and ended NCAA sports for the 2019-2020 school year. However, the TSSAA still hopes to finish the boys and girls basketball championships and offer a shortened season for spring sports.
The TSSAA announced on Wednesday that they are going by Governor Bill Lee's statewide school closure until April 24, in hopes of resuming after that date at some point.
"We are continually monitoring developments related to this public health concern," the TSSAA explained on their website. "It is still the hope and goal that we will be able to resume the girls’ state basketball tournament and hold the boys’ state basketball tournament. It is also the goal that our member schools will be able to resume their spring sports seasons, although it will be with a limited time-frame and schedule, culminating with the post-season, and ultimately Spring Fling."
The girls' state basketball tournament was in the quarterfinals when play stopped on March 12. The boys' quarterfinal rounds of the tournament had not started yet.
Blackman's Seniors Hope To Finish Careers
Blackman High School was set to face Mt. Juliet in the in the Class-AAA quarterfinals. The Blaze have eight seniors on the roster who are looking to win its first state championship since 2014.
Blackman entered the state tournament with a 26-3 record in the regular season. The team reached its 7th state tournament appearance after beating Bradley Central 54-34 in the Class AAA on March 9.