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KSAC Cancels Basketball Championship Games for 2020-21 Season

Keystone won the 2020 KSAC Boys' Basketball Championship. The Panthers will not have a chance to defend their crown in 2021, as the conference has canceled its title games. Photo by Jared Bakaysa of JB Graphics. See more of Bakaysa's work here

WEST SUNBURY, Pa. – There will be no KSAC boys’ nor girls’ basketball championship games this season.

The conference’s principals and athletic directors met Feb. 3 and decided to cancel the 2021 championship games.

“In an attempt to accommodate the membership, the league has decided to cancel the 2021 KSAC Basketball Championship Games,” a release from the conference said. “No 2020-2021 KSAC Basketball League Champions shall be named this season. This decision was reached after much discussion and concern for all parties involved.

“Our sister leagues in District 9, including the AML and D9 (League), have come to the same conclusion (to not crown a league champion this year).”

The KSAC Championship game started in 2006 and pits the winners of the two conference divisions against each other. The game has had no bearing on seeding for the District 9 playoffs throughout the years and is mainly used as a fundraiser for scholarships.

The AML is the only other league in District 9 to hold a conference championship game. That league will also not hold one this season, as the conference is basically not in existence because of the IU9 bubble. Four teams – Elk County Catholic, Johnsonburg, Kane, and Ridgway – are part of the IU9 bubble and do not play regular-season games outside of the bubble this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, while four teams – Sheffield, Brockway, DuBois Central Catholic, and Curwensville – are non-bubble schools.

The D9 League also has three members schools – ECC (which is a member of both conferences), St. Marys, and Bradford – playing inside the IU9 bubble and three schools – DuBois, Brookville, Punxsutawney – playing outside the bubble.

At this time, the only league in District 9 that is planning on crowning a regular-season champion is the North Tier League (NTL), who has all its members playing inside the IU9 bubble.

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