Sports cancellations and postponements

Published: Mar. 12, 2020 at 2:54 PM CDT
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UPDATE (3-16-2020):


Add the North American Hockey League to the list of organization that had to made a decision due COVID-19. The Bobcats are members of the NAHL and today it announced all remaining regular season games have been canceled immediately.

Bismarck's last regular season game was scheduled for April 4. The Commissioner said the league is working on all options in order to conclude the season with a Robertson Cup Championship.


The United Tribes Women's Basketball team will not play in the National Tournament. The NJCAA had decided to end competition for the remainder of the academic year which means both winter and spring sports.


The N.A.I.A. has also canceled its spring sports. It's the level that Dickinson State plays at so the Blue Hawks will not have softball or track & field this year.


The University of Mary had 15 athletes at the NCAA Division II National Indoor Track and Field meet in Alabama when the decision to cancel the competition was made.


The UMary Wrestling team was already in Sioux Falls for the NCAA Division II National Championships when Adam Aho and his athletes were told to return to Bismarck because the event had been cancelled.


A pair of Marauders swimmers had already competed in the pool when the decision was made to cancel the remainder of the NCAA Division II National Swimming & Diving Championships.


The Bismarck State College baseball team had just arrived in Tucson, Arizona for a nine-day spring baseball trip when the NJCAA said spring sports have been put on hold until April 3 and they will revisit the issue at that time.

Athletic Director Buster Gilliss said the team got on the bus to head back to North Dakota on Friday afternoon.

Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference

Courtesy: NSIC

BURNSVILLE, Minn. - Based on the latest developments and the continued spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19), the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference (NSIC) has announced the suspension of all athletic activities for each of its 16-member institutions. All NSIC contests are suspended immediately, while any non-conference competitions already travelled to are left to institutional discretion up to March 16, at which time all athletic activities must cease.

The league will continue to monitor and evaluate the situation and will make a determination on the remainder of the academic year later this month.

North Star Athletic Conference

Courtesy: Nick Huntimer, NSAA SID

MADISON, S.D. - The North Star Athletic Association is issuing a "pause" in all conference activities until March 30. This hiatus includes all in-season spring sports as well as out-of-season sport activities. No organized practices will be allowed during that time period. Teams currently participating on their spring trips will be allowed to complete their schedules at this time.

"This is an extremely fluid situation and we continue to closely monitor current developments, trends, and mandates, which may dictate changes in our plan moving forward", stated North Star Commissioner Cory Anderson. "We are in regular communication with the NAIA regarding decisions they will make at the national level and the possible impact it may have on our student-athletes."

"We have a large footprint and our spring sports cover five states (Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota & North Dakota) which obviously requires dealing with a myriad of agencies. Our desire is to discuss the best course of action moving forward in the short-term and to provide time to consider long-term steps."

ORIGINAL STORY (3-12-2020):

United Tribes Technical College

The trip to Port Huron, Michigan for the NJCAA Division II National Women's Basketball Tournament for the United Tribes Thunderbirds has been postponed.

The NJCAA indicated it will aim for a tentative start date of Monday, April 20.

The release from the NJCAA stated, "Start dates for each of the respective tournaments are tentative and the NJCAA will continue to follow all state and local mandates, restrictions, and regulations as it impacts its member institutions and national championship events."

University of Mary

The University of Mary qualified for the ACHA National Hockey Tournament in its first year of eligibility, which is quite an accomplishment for the newest Marauders athletic program.

UMary will not be competing for a national title because the American Collegiate Hockey Association has canceled the 2020 National Championships Tournament, which was set to begin on March 19t in Frisco, Texas.

The Marauders have won 39 games this season and they have a pair of second team All-American's in Forward Alex Flicek and Goalie- Lance Knudson.

Minot State University & Dakota College at Bottineau

The ACHA announced the cancellation of the National Championships in Texas for all five divisions due to coronavirus concerns.

The Minot State men's hockey team was hoping to defend its Division I title.

The Minot State women's hockey team was seeded second at Nationals in its first season in ACHA Division I.

The DCB Lumberjacks men's hockey team was set to compete in the Division II National Tournament for the very first time.

Bismarck Bobcats & Minot Minotauros

North Dakota's two teams in the NAHL will not be playing for a while.

The NAHL announced Thursday in a statement that all scheduled games in the 2019-20 regular season have been paused due to the COVID-19 virus and outbreak.

League Commissioner Mark Frankenfeld released the following statement:

“This is an unprecedented time and situation, so first and foremost we want to be sure we are doing what is best for our players, teams, fans, and officials. In the past 24 hours, it became clear that we needed to follow a path that was consistent with what has transpired in the hockey world, particularly with our partners at USA Hockey, the NCAA, the NHL, and USHL. We will continue to monitor the situation daily with everyone involved and we understand that given the current landscape, things could change at any moment. Our number one goal is to resume play as soon as possible, but only when we feel it is safe for all of the parties involved. The NAHL Board of Governors will reconvene on a conference call on Friday to discuss further action. While public safety remains at the forefront and takes precedent in this situation, we are also mindful of the opportunity that will hopefully be presented to all of our athletes during these important events in the near future.”

The Minot Minotauros were scheduled to face the Bruins in Austin on Friday and Saturday, while the Bismarck Bobcats were set to head to Aberdeen to face the Wings.

Bismarck Bucks

The Bismarck Bucks next game has been postponed. The Bucks were scheduled to play at the Sioux Falls Storm on March 19.

The I.F.L. says it will be meeting soon to decide on how games will proceed moving forward.