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1,000+ Arizona school athletic events were canceled this week due to COVID-19

The Arizona Interscholastic Association reports that more than 1,000 school athletic events were canceled or postponed statewide this past week due to the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. 

AIA spokesman Seth Polansky says schools will be selective about whether to reschedule, or cancel events outright.

“There will probably be a good mix of cancellations and reschedulings. I think you’ll see rescheduling more in the way of, either their region contests, or their contests that schools need to qualify for the postseason,” said Polansky.

Polansky says most of the cancellations are at the sub-varsity level, as schools are doing their best to keep varsity competition going under the AIA’s COVID-19 guidelines.

Vaughan Jones is the weekend reporter for KJZZ, and a graduate of ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in sports journalism, with a minor in music. As a Phoenix native, Jones’s dream is to serve his community by covering important stories in the metropolitan area.He spent two years as music director at Blaze Radio, ASU’s student-run radio station. His passion for radio stems from joining Blaze his freshman year as a DJ.When he is not working, Jones can be found writing music with his band, playing video games with his friends, or watching his favorite Phoenix-area sports teams.