Organizers cancel A-K Cager Classic all-star game over coronavirus concerns
Thursday, March 12, 2020 | 10:29 AM
One of the Alle-Kiski Valley’s most popular sports events has become a victim of coronavirus concerns.
The A-K Cager Classic, pitting senior high school basketball players from both sides of the Allegheny River, has been canceled, co-founder Glenn Mills said Thursday morning.
The 24th annual all-star boys and girls event had been set for March 21 at Highlands High School.
“Schools are closing. A lot of other things are closing, and we just can’t afford to have people come in there if someone gets sick. What are we going to do?” Mills said.
While the event was still nine days away, Mills said the steering committee felt the trend of canceling events would be more frequent in the coming days.
“We thought about it, but when it comes down to life or death with something like this, as much as we want to have it, the five of us decided that we gotta scratch it for this year,” Mills said.
“We really had no choice. We thought this decision was a no-brainer.”
The committee will meet Sunday night to see how to distribute medals, uniforms and jerseys to the players and cheerleaders, along with the scholarship winners for essays.
The skills competition, set for March 20, also has been shelved.
The annual event has drawn consistent, sellout crowds to the Highlands gym.
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