The biggest event in North Dakota sports, the boys Class B basketball tournament was supposed to start today.
As we know that's not happening. It's the rough reality we face now in the sports office, where thousands of young athletes had no idea they had played either their last games of the season or even career.
The emotion was real last Friday at the SHAC. Literally seconds after Devils Lake rallied to beat Davies to advance to the state championship game, the announcement was made that the tournament was being suspended, with no real date of a resumption.
The Firebirds couldn't even celebrate before thinking they were done. Seeing them cry made it hard for me not to.
You feel for the Class B boys teams. This is their Super Bowl and World Series wrapped into one.
Richland was heading back for a second straight year, while Beulah got to state thanks to a last second shot. Likely each of these teams have played their last game without finding out who's the best.
Other teams did their best to adjust. Perham's boys basketball team held a mock section championship in a garage the night they were supposed to be putting their unbeaten record on the line for a trip to state.
It was a magical year for the Henning Hornets. Both teams reached the state tournament, the girls a win away from a state championship. They may not have a trophy but their success on the court will always be remembered in that tiny town.
The Davies and Sheyenne boys gave us three tremendous games against one another this year and were poised to play a fourth time for a state championship. I'm sad we won't get to see a Blake Berg or Cam Van Dam dunk any more, but excited that they'll be doing those in college not so long from now.
For these athletes and so many others, a salute to you. We'll see you back in action soon.