Metlakatla’s Chris Bryant, left, and Haines’ Kyle Fossman chase a loose ball during their B bracket game at the Juneau Lions Club 73rd Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Metlakatla’s Chris Bryant, left, and Haines’ Kyle Fossman chase a loose ball during their B bracket game at the Juneau Lions Club 73rd Annual Gold Medal Basketball Tournament at Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday, March 22, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Gold Medal Basketball Tournament is officially canceled.

Decision comes after the first confirmed case of COVID-19

The Juneau Lions Club 74th Gold Medal Basketball Tournament is officially canceled.

Organizers shared the news with the Empire Friday evening.

The decision comes after the Thursday announcement of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in the state and the Friday evening announcement that public schools will be closed to students and after-school activities through March 30.

The tournament had been scheduled for March 22-28 in the Juneau-Douglas High School: Yadaa.at Kalé gym.

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