The high school basketball regular season and the N.C. High School Athletic Association wrestling regional schedules could get complicated this week if competitions cannot be played because of school closings and hazardous conditions.
If schools are closed for multiple days this week, schools probably will not complete their basketball regular seasons and will seed their conference tournaments based on the games that have been played or they may cancel next week’s scheduled conference tournaments and use the regular-season finish to determine NCHSAA playoff berths.
The NCHSAA does not require teams to play a postseason conference tournament. If a conference does play a tournament, though, the tournament champion is guaranteed a playoff berth.
“In anticipation of school closings and the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season, some schools are making tentative plans,” said Rick Strunk, an associate commissioner of the NCHSAA. “A couple of conferences already are making plans to drop their tournaments if need be so that they can complete the regular season.
“Another couple of conferences say they need to play the tournament for financial reasons and they will play as many games as they can in the regular season and then play the tournament.”
NCHSAA schools may play up to four basketball games in a week if one of the games is on a non-school day.
The NCHSAA does not plan to postpone its basketball playoffs, which begin Feb. 24. Regional tournaments and the state championships are played at neutral sites and postponing those games probably would involve changing sites.
The state championships are scheduled to be played at N.C. State’s Reynolds Coliseum (2A and 4A) and the University of North Carolina’s Smith Center (1A and 3A) on March 15.
Regional individual wrestling tournaments, which qualify wrestlers for the state championships, are scheduled for Friday and Saturday. Most area 4A teams go to West Johnston (the PAC-Six 4A wrestlers go to Northwest Guilford). Other wrestling regionals for area schools will be held at Eden Morehead (3A) and Trinity Wheatmore (2A).
The wrestling finals are scheduled for Feb. 20 through 23 at Greensboro Coliseum.