The Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) announced this morning the cancellation the remainder of the Show-Me Showdown for Classes 4 and 5. The decision was made in consultation with local and state officials, as well as the member schools. The most recent CDC recommendations of limiting gatherings played a large part in the making of this decision.

MSHSAA Executive Director Dr. Kerwin Urhahn said in a statement: “We understand the unexpected hurdles this creates for our schools and fans, and apologize for the inconveniences it has caused. Our thoughts are with our schools as they navigate the uncertainty of these times.”

As it pertains to Spring Activities, the state Speech, Debate, and Theatre tournaments, and the music festival have been canceled. As for Scholar Bowl, districts are not scheduled to take place until April 18th and MSHSAA is waiting to see if more information is revealed by the end of March before taking appropriate action of what to do for the state tournament. For spring sports, MSHSAA says it’s planning to stay in communication with state and local officials to help determine the possibility of holding the championships either as scheduled or rescheduling them as long as schools are still in session. Schools will not be allowed to practice or have games if they are closing for a period of time due to COVID-19. If a school is still in session, then it is the local school’s decision on practices and games.