Hoop City Classic canceled due to COVID concerns

The classic was set for Dec. 28-30 in Mitchell and Yankton

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Houston, Tennessee's Mason Miller, right, drives to the basket against Mitchell's Caden Hinker, left, at the Corn Palace during the 2019 Hoop City Classic.

The 2020 Hoop City Classic has been canceled, according to event director Ernie Kuyper. The event was scheduled for Dec. 28-30 in Mitchell and Yankton.

The three-day event, which brings in nationally-ranked basketball players and teams, was canceled due to COVID concerns.

“I think we can all agree that this year has been a frustrating one to say the least,” Kuyper said in a text message. “We tried hard to put on what we felt could be a safe event. However, after speaking with numerous medical advisors and our attorneys, it is with deep regret that I inform you we are cancelling the Hoop City Classic this year.”

“Our number one priority is to keep the community and players safe,” Kuyper continued. “This decision was not made lightly, and we hope you understand the difficult situation we are in.”

The classic was originally scheduled to also be in Sioux Falls. But due to COVID-19 restrictions at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, Kuyper confirmed on Wednesday that Mitchell would host all three days this season. Yankton was set to host two games on Dec. 28, with the rest of the action in Mitchell.


“We will continue our tradition next year and we hope you all consider participating in the 2021 Hoop City Classic,” Kuyper said.

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