What's next for CHSAA with high school sports up in air

Posted at 8:19 PM, Mar 14, 2020

COLORADO SPRINGS — The sporting world has been turned upside down, and it's even effected CHSAA.

Last Thursday, the Colorado High School Activities Association canceled both the state basketball championships and suspended spring sports til April 6th. The decision left many questioning what's next? Who is the state champions? When will the spring sports begin?

According to CHSAA commissioner Rhonda Blanford-Green those questions, and many others, are still up in the air.

"We are in this weird place that we do not even know if April 6th is that date (we begin play again)," said Blanford-Green. "We just hope we are able to conduct any part of the spring season. You know that many people in our space have already canceled championships and national championships."

CHSAA is in a weird position at the moment, weighing all their options and will reconvening on the 6th to make a formal decision of what is next.

But one thing is for sure, if they do play spring sports - those championship weekends will remain the same.

"No one should expect to have any changes or any extension of seasons," added Blanford-Green. "So if we can salvage any part of the springs season, and we do not see this pandemic grow, then that's what we are looking at right now.

As for the 5 local basketball teams who saw there seasons cut short, they are also looking for some closure

"It just feels like we didn't even get a shot," said TCA senior forward Kade Walker.

His teammate, senior guard Micah Lamberth added, "I mean technically, all the final four teams are state champions. We made it the farthest in the state tournament, and we couldn't finish it out."

Even one of the players the Titans were supposed to play, Pueblo West senior guard Jimmy Wardle, has the same thought process.

"I think all state champions for all 4 of us," said Wardle. "That would be really cool."

But for the St. Mary's Pirates, going for three straight titles meant a little more.

"They wanted the 3rd one the most because that stands for excellence, and that's what they want to be remembered for," said St. Mary's head coach Mike Burkett.

So like many of us, they'll just have to wait and see.