Grace Barry blocks Midland player. Photo by Lyric Allen.
By Elisha Meyer
In accordance with the Great Plains Athletic Conference, all Concordia teams have ceased activity until April 5 effective immediately. This includes organized practices and competitions for all athletic teams, not just those currently playing their respective seasons.
The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics has not made a definite decision on spring athletics for the remainder of the 2020 season. The NAIA canceled the remaining winter national championships as well as its annual national convention on Thursday.
Concordia’s women’s basketball team will not have the chance to defend its 2019 national championship as a result of the cancellation. Senior Grace Barry is one of six seniors who unknowingly played their final game on Wednesday, finishing with a 137-10 overall record in four years. Barry took to her Twitter and Instagram accounts to express both disappointment and gratitude.
“I would do anything to finish out the national tounament and play just one more game with my teammates, my family,” Barry said. “However, if we prevent just 1 person from dying, if by cancelling the women’s basketball national tournament we prevent one person from losing their sister, daughter, mother, father or son that is a success in itself.”