When the Taconic boys basketball team last March celebrated its third straight Western Massachusetts championship, it was the final moment of an exciting week at Curry Hicks Cage in Amherst.
iBerkshires.Com reports what no one knew at the time was that it might have marked the end of one of the region’s best-loved athletic traditions.
On Thursday, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association voted to accept the recommendation of its Tournament Management Committee and not hold any postseason tournaments in the upcoming winter season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
That, coupled with last winter’s decision by the full MIAA membership to do away with sectional tournaments for most sports, including basketball, starting in the 2021-22 school year, means that last winter’s Western Mass tournaments may be the last Western Mass winter tournaments and the end of trips to the Cage to see double-headers, triple-headers and championship Saturday.