Well, it won't be the most serious victim claimed by the COVID-19 outbreak, but nevertheless a 110-year hallowed tradition came to a grinding halt with the IHSAA's cancellation of the Indiana boys basketball state tournament.

At least one champion had been crowned each year since Crawfordsville defeated Lebanon 16-2 in 1911.
Franklin County head coach Eric Ebrens weighed in on the decision.

“These are unprecedented times and they've got to do what's best for society,” he said. “It's a shame for all the kids still in the tournament and a shame for all sports fans, but we just can't be in large groups right now.”

Area teams Oldenburg Academy (Class A), Greensburg (3A) and South Decatur (2A) were among the 64 schools still alive for a run at the state championship. Greensburg was seeking a third state title while OA and SD sought their first regional hardware.

In 4A, Bloomington South had a bead on its first state title in nine years; the Panthers were 26-0. Looking for their first state titles were Evansville Reitz, Floyd Central, Fort Wayne Snider, Greenwood, Merrillville, New Haven, New Palestine and Valparaiso.

Of the remaining 3A schools, 11 have never won state: Beech Grove, Brownstown Central, Danville, Hammond, Hanover Central, Heritage Hills, Leo, Mishawaka Marian, NorthWood, Norwell and Western. Delta's Eagles, coached by former Union County head man Mark Detweiler, were 20-4 and still in the field.

Along with SD's Cougars, 2A schools Blackford, Churubusco, Covington Christian, Crawford County, Laville, Linton-Stockton, Parke Heritage, Providence, Rochester, Shenandoah, South Spencer and Wapahani were seeking a first state title.

Barr-Reeve (25-1) was the only remaining 1A team to have won a state title. Hoping for the glory, along with Oldenburg, were Argos, Bloomfield, Blue River Valley, Caston, Christian Academy, Crothersville, Covington, Cowan, Elkhart Christian, Gary 21st Century, Greenwood Christian Academy (OA's regional opponent), International, Northeast Dubois and Southwood.