Sixteen teams are going to have to wait another day to play for a state basketball championship.
With sporadic school closings around the state again today because of the weekend blizzard, several local school superintendents decided to follow the law to the letter.
No athletic events are supposed to be played on days when schools have been closed. So the boys and girls state basketball championships, postponed from Saturday to today, have been moved to tomorrow.
"We made special requests to play Tuesday, but it was met with opposition, so hopefully we will get them in Wednesday," said Ned Sparks, executive secretary of the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association.
The boys games will be played at at Cole Field House in College Park and the girls games will be played at the UMBC Fieldhouse.
The postponement prolongs the wait for the matchup between No. 1 Western and No. 2 Old Mill in the girls Class 4A title game at 5 p.m.
Also postponed were boys contests involving city powers Dunbar and Southern, which are making bids for state titles in their first year in the state association. Dunbar meets Cambridge-South Dorchester in the Class 1A final at 3 p.m. and Southern follows against Potomac at 5 p.m. in the Class 3A game.
Along with Old Mill, Anne Arundel County has one other team in the finals. Meade's boys team will make its first appearance in the Class 4A championship vs. Largo at 9 p.m.
Baltimore County's Hereford is also making its first appearance in a state final in the Class 2A title game vs. Allegany at 7 p.m.
Howard County's only entry is Hammond's girls team, which is shooting for its second straight state title in the Class 2A game vs. Middletown at 3 p.m.