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District 5-AA tournament canceled

NATCHEZ — The remaining games for the MAIS Class 5-AA district tournament at Adams County Christian School have been cancelled due to the threat of inclement weather.

Paul Hayles, athletic director at ACCS, said the athletic directors of each of the tournament’s remaining teams voted on the decision.

“What it amounts to is, three of the four schools left in the tournament — Centreville, Silliman and Central Private — are all closed today and tomorrow,” Hayles said Thursday.

“A lot of schools don’t have district tournaments, they just go by the seedings after the regular season is over. After we let them vote, we sent the decision to the MAIS office, and it was concurred.”

With the rest of the games canceled, Central Private will enter the boys’ South State tournament as the No. 1 seed, followed by Silliman at No. 2, ACCS at No. 3 and Centreville at No. 4.

The ACCS girls will enter South State as the No. 1 seed. Silliman is the No. 2 seed, Centreville No. 3 and Central Private No. 4.

Safety was the main issue in deciding to cancel the tournament, Hayles said.

“You’d prefer to settle (the seedings) on the court, but we were the only school in our district that was open (Thursday), and we’re closed (today),” Hayles said.

“Plus, if the power goes out, Entergy is usually good at getting the power back on, but that’s still a whole extra trial and tribulation to go through.”

Meanwhile, games are still expected to be played today in the MAIS District 6-A tournament at Tallulah Academy, Trinity varsity girls head coach Richy Spears said.

The Lady Saints are scheduled to take on Briarfield at 4 p.m. and the varsity boys will play Tensas Academy at 5:15 p.m.

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