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AHSAA postpones playoff games

Due to concerns about the recent outbreak of swine flu, the Alabama High School Athletic Association has postponed all athletic events until next Tuesday.

Around Butler County, this change has affected softball tournaments involving Greenville, Georgiana and McKenzie.

According to the AHSAA, postponed tournaments will be rescheduled or resumed on Tuesday, May 5.

The regional tournaments scheduled for May 8-9 and the state tournament on May 14-16 are unaffected by the change.

“It throws a kink in the schedule, but if they’re going to save someone from getting sick, it’s the right decision,” said Greenville athletic director Ben Blackmon. “I think there were some games scheduled that would have people traveling from Huntsville down to Gulf Shores, and they’ve got to look out for everyone.”

One concern of McKenzie’s Miles Brown is that the change clutters an already-busy schedule even more.

“It makes everything shuffle up, especially here at the end of the school year,” he said. “You try to stuff everything you can into May, and it causes conflicts when you start moving stuff around.”

“It was the right decision, but it’s going to be a tricky situation, and we’ll have to see how things work out,” Brown added.

A final decision about the continuation of games will be determined Monday based on medical information the AHSAA continues to receive.