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(Brad Davis/The Register-Herald) Charleston Civic Center worker Austin Holmes cleans up the empty seating areas of the arena following the morning session of games at the girls state basketball tournament March 12, only this time the doors wouldn't be reopened for the evening session due to the suspension of the event.

One big decision hinged on an even bigger one. They both came Tuesday.

After Gov. Jim Justice announced the closure of schools for the remainder of the year and with it, the West Virginia Secondary School Activities Commission followed suit with the announcement that always seemed inevitable.

Bernie Dolan, executive director of the WVSSAC, issued a statement confirming that postseason basketball tournaments and prep sports in the Mountain State are officially canceled for the remainder of the school year.

"The WVSSAC has canceled the boys and girls State Basketball tournaments as well as the spring sports of tennis, track, softball and baseball," the official release read. "This is an extremely difficult time for our students, coaches, schools and communities. West Virginians are a resilient group who will overcome this virus and all problems that come with it."

The cancellation comes as little surprise as Dolan noted all along there won't be any sports until students are back in school.

All activities were initially suspended on March 12 following the Thursday morning session of the girls state basketball tournament. Class AA boys regional finals slated to tip later that evening were also postponed.

Dolan also addressed the three-week summer period when teams are allowed to work out and practice. He said the WVSSAC will provide guidance as more information comes to light.

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