Campus High School coaches, players react to state basketball cancellation

(KWCH) Just one week ago, the undefeated Campus Colts celebrated their win in the 6A Sub-State Championship over Derby.

They cut down the nets and a packed gym celebrated with them, fans just as excited, because the Colts were headed to state for the first time since 1996.

In the quarterfinals, they beat Manhattan by 16 points. The Colts had one thing on their mind, playing at Koch Arena Saturday.

“We were on a mission,” said head coach Chris Davis. “If anybody saw us play on Thursday night they would’ve said ‘holy moly, who is going to beat that team.”

But soon they would learn, that was their last game.

“We were pulling up on Meridian and we were like five minutes from here and my phone rang,” said Davis.

It was the Colts athletic director telling Davis the toughest news of his career.

“You don’t get a coaching 101 class on how you tell your team you’re not going to be able to finish the state tournament,” said Davis.

For players, the news was devastating.

“I was in shock for sure, and then I remember going into the locker room afterwards and that’s when coach told everyone and I was just bawling,” said senior Thomas King.

The Colts were on pace to make program history when they found themselves helpless in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic.

“We encouraged each other to get this opportunity,” said junior Keither Florence. “Knowing this was taken away from us, it sucks.”

For the five seniors on the team, Thursday’s quarterfinal game marked the end of their high school careers.

But they know they’re not alone.

“There’s four teams that are hurting, it’s not just Campus,” said Davis. “There’s four girl teams that are hurting and all classes so I feel bad for all the student athletes.”