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The Lions All-Star Basketball games in North Dakota have been canceled for this year.

The boys’ and girls’ contests had been scheduled for the Bismarck Legacy High campus on July 13 and West Fargo HS on July 14.

The announcement was made last week, citing it was a response to the events and conditions that have enclosed communities and specifically the athletic and sports environment in the state.

“The Fargo Gateway Lions and Bismarck Capital City Lions have searched every possible avenue to bring the games to fruition. The North Dakota High School Coaches Association, the third leg for the games, has diligently completed its responsibility to select players and coaches for the games.

“However, with continued rampaging Covid-19 pandemic, the Association’s chairmen and the Lions Basketball Committees from the two clubs cannot find a way to navigate a conclusion for the games.

Nevertheless, the Lions Clubs, with the assistance of corporate sponsors (Nodak Insurance Companies, BSN, Community National Bank and Bell Bank) will conclude the 2020 activities for the graduated senior basketball players with a significantly meaningful effort to make Lions All-Star Basketball a meaningful culmination to their high school careers.”

According to the release, the corporate sponsors are enabling these graduated seniors with a memorable presentation of plaque and other memorabilia. The players and coaches will be notified of the dates and times for these occasions at a later date.

The local basketball coach for the players will be encouraged to organize a presentation ceremony for their players.

The Lions Clubs and Coaches Association empathize with the athletes and coaches in their not playing these concluding basketball contests; however, probably the cancellation of this event for North Dakota High School senior athletes will be another learning experience for the young people of the state.

“We know that many of these senior athletes will continue with their career accomplishments and continue to be upstanding citizens who are truly “All-Stars,” the release said.

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