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I was there when the hoops stopped

Aarron Thompson's first state tournament is one that will forever be linked to the coronavirus crisis


March 20, 2020

Colin Thompson

Havre High students cheer on the Blue Ponies during last Friday night's Class A semifinal game against the Billings Central Rams inside the First Interstate Bank Arena in Billings. The girls semifinal games that night would be the last two games played at the Class A state tournament, as the MHSA called off the remainder of the tournaments due to growing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic.

In my time watching and covering sports, there are things I have seen and things I have yet to see. I remember sports being canceled because of poor weather, travel restrictions and other complications. But, in my brief time as a sports writer, I have never seen something like what happened last weekend, when the coronavirus tore through the Montana sports world.

And I had a front row seat for it at the Class A state tournament in Billings.

I remember the first moment I saw the press release by the Montana High School Association. I was heading back from the aftermath of the Havre High g...

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