Surry declared co-champs after championship game canceled

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: March 12, 2020 | 4:19 p.m.
Updated: March 12, 2020 | 8:44 p.m.

Surry’s Lady Cougars named co-state champions following game cancellation

SURRY – Thursday’s planned return to Richmond for the Surry High School girls basketball team has been canceled as the Virginia High School League moved to forgo the event as many organizations opt to eliminate large public gatherings as more cases of coronavirus, or COVID-19 are being reported.

In an automated call Thursday afternoon, the school division confirmed the team’s 6 p.m. game at the Stuart Siegel Center on the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond had been canceled by the VHSL.

The Lady Cougars were expected to play Honaker in the VHSL Girls Basketball Class 1 Final. In a later statement, VHSL officials confirmed both teams will be declared co-champions, along with those in Classes 3, 4, 5, and 6.

Earlier today, Governor Ralph Northam asked localities and other organizations to limit large public gatherings as the number of cases of COVID-19 continues to rise, with nearly 20 cases in Virginia as of Thursday morning.

“We felt with Governor Northam declaring a state of emergency, we felt it would be irresponsible to continue the tournament tonight. It’s in the best public interest to cancel the Class 1 and boys and girls finals,” VHSL Executive Director Dr. John W. “Billy” Haun said. “While we understand how disappointing this is for all fans of our teams, we feel this decision is in the best interest of public health, including that of, most importantly, our student-athletes, coaches, administrators, families, and fans.”

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