The coronavirus has ended the winter season for multiple Metro Detroit area high school sports teams.
The Michigan High School Athletic Association has confirmed with MLive that the Orchard Lake St. Mary’s, Allen Park Cabrini and Detroit Country Day boys hockey teams have been dropped from the state tournament. The MHSAA does not comment on whether or not forfeits are coronavirus related.
However, Catholic High School League director Vic Michaels confirmed with MLive that St. Mary’s and Cabrini are both done for the season because of coronavirus-related reasons. Country Day has yet return comment on the situation.
The state hockey tournament started on Monday with the opening round of the region tournament brackets. According to the Michigan High School Hockey Hub rankings, St. Mary’s is No. 2 in Division 1 while Country Day is ranked No. 3 in Division 3. Cabrini competes in Division 2.
Rochester and Gibraltar Carlson have both been dropped from the competitive cheer state tournaments, both believed to be coronavirus related as well. Carlson has won 10 Division 2 state championships since 2008 and finished runner-up in 2020. Rochester won back-to-back cheer titles in 2016 and 2017.
Carlson athletic director Dan Kalbfleisch confirmed with MLive that the school’s cheer team is not going to compete in the state tournament this year. However, he would not comment on if the situation was coronavirus related.
“We will not be participating in this year’s MHSAA state tournament,” Kalbfleisch said. “I’m not going to comment on why. Obviously, people have been speculating. We always look out for the safety of our kids and we need to be sure that we can safely participate and we didn’t feel that we could. So, we had to withdraw from the tournament.”
Although Rochester provided no specifics, a district representative gave MLive a statement saying, “The Rochester High School cheer team is opting out of the state tournament this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Already this week, the Catholic League confirmed four of it boys basketball team and one of its girls basketball teams have all been placed in quarantine. All of them are missing the Catholic League tournaments that are taking place this week. However, all should be able to return in time for the start of the state tournament next week.