Coronavirus: MSHSL to Limit Tournament Attendance
The NBA, NCAA, MLB and MLS have either halted their seasons or canceled tournaments because of COVID 19. However, the girls state basketball tournament continued Thursday on the U of M campus. But that will change starting Friday. Attendance at Minnesota high school tournaments will be limited.
On Thursday the Klick family got to see their loved one play for DeLaSalle against Simley in a Class 3A semifinal game.
“My granddaughter is playing for DeLaSalle,” said Diana Klick of Maple Grove. “Number 3.”
“Proud mom,” said Betsy Klick of Brooklyn Park. “So excited. Go DeLaSalle.”
Diana and Betsy Klick came to watch Kennedy Klick and her Islander teammates try to keep up their winning ways.
“I’m nervous for the game,” Betsy said. “My daughter is living my dream right now.”
The prospect of being in a large crowd in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic did not frighten Diana or Betsy.
“You know I drank some Vitamin C this morning so I’m feeling strong,” Betsy Klick said. ” Hand sanitizer.”
“Some immunity essential oil,” Diana Klick said. “But I’m not worried about it. We’re going to Mexico in three weeks.”
Tournament Attendance Limited Starting Friday
During the game, the Minnesota State High School League announced that beginning Friday it will cap crowd size at tournament games because of the coronavirus outbreak.
Players, coaches, certain media members and selected spectators will be the only individuals allowed in venues. This will also impact the boys basketball and adapted hockey tournaments too.
The Klicks say they were glad to be in attendance Thursday to see their loved one as the Islanders won 74-52 to advance to the semifinals.
“I actually thought they would say something this morning that they couldn’t play,” Betsy Klick said.
“I was a little nervous about that too,” Diana Klick said. “That they might say no fans.”