Basketball, wrestling seasons canceled

Basketball and wrestling seasons for students in the Truckee-Tahoe area have been lost for the year.

The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association issued an announcement last week, calling for all regular season schedules to be vacated and post season competition canceled in the sports of wrestling and basketball.

The association submitted a pair of proposals on the two sports for review to Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak’s office, but each was met with a response that full-contact and close-contact sports wouldn’t be considered until Nevada’s Statewide Pause is lifted. The pause currently is set to be in effect until Feb. 14.

If Nevada’s Statewide Pause is lifted and restrictions on close-contact and full-contact sports are lifted, the association indicated that practices for wrestling and basketball could potentially begin on Feb. 15, allowing for the five days of required practice to be held. That would pave the way for one day of competition on Feb. 20, the winter season conclusion date.

The end of basketball and wrestling seasons comes to a blow to many of the area’s programs. The Truckee girls’ basketball team was looking to defend last year’s state title, while the Truckee boys’ and wrestling team, along with the North Tahoe basketball squads, were looking to continue building their programs.

The association’s statement also addressed the fall season and football, which also falls under the governor’s no play list. The earliest that football practices could start is Feb. 15, which will then, according to the association, require an adjustment to the start of the season. Cross-country, girls’ golf, soccer, tennis, and volleyball are still slated to have their first practices on Feb. 20, according to the association’s guidelines. For theses sports, the first contests allowed to take place will be March 4.

Justin Scacco is a reporter for the Sierra Sun. Contact him at or 530-550-2643.

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