EAST LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan High School Athletic Association has suspended all postseason events, effective immediately, due to concerns over COVID-19.

The ice hockey, girls gymnastics and lower peninsula boys swimming & diving finals had been scheduled for this weekend, while the girls & boys basketball tournaments are midway through earlier rounds of their playoff progressions.

Menominee was scheduled to host Escanaba in the Division 2, District 33 championship game while Carney-Nadeau was slated to host North Central for the Division 4, District 99 crown today. Both games have been postponed and no makeup date was announced.

On Wednesday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer recommended a stoppage of large gatherings in order to assist in preventing the spread of COVID-19.

“Based on the events of the last 48 hours and with things changing by the minute, we believe we have no choice but to suspend our winter tournaments immediately,” MHSAA Executive Director Mark Uyl said. “This is a suspension until we have a better handle on the situation. The health and welfare of everyone involved is our number one priority.”

Uyl added that more information and updates will be forthcoming over the next few days.

The situation hits particularily hard for the red-hot Maroons, who entered the postseason as winners of 10 of their last 11 games, including six straight headed into the district finals.

Menominee recorded it’s first winning season since head coach Sam Larson took over and this year’s senior class were mere freshmen when he got the job. For Larson and his seniors, disappointment would be a mild understatement.

“I am heartbroken by the MHSAA’s decision. I feel bad for all of our guys, especially our seniors,” Larson said. “We have been grinding for really three years to get to this point, and we finally reached our goal of reaching a district title game and our team was playing extremely well. To have this opportunity taken from us hurts in the pit of our stomachs and probably will never be healed. However, we support the decision to suspend play and hope that our players and fans are able to stay healthy and safe throughout this situation.”