The Andrean, Lowell and North Newton boys basketball teams, as well as the Wheeler girls basketball team, have paused their seasons due to COVID-19.
Andrean athletic director Mike Schultz, Red Devils boys basketball coach Joe Delgado, Spartans athletic director Mike Atwood and Bearcats athletic director Randy Stelter confirmed the stoppages to The Times on Tuesday.
North Newton delayed the start of its boys basketball campaign because of the coronavirus pandemic, but this is the first pause for the Andrean and Lowell boys basketball programs and the Wheeler girls basketball program.
With the addition of Andrean and Lowell, at least 24 of the 44 boys basketball teams in Northwest Indiana have suspended activities and/or missed a game this season due to COVID-19 issues within their respective programs.
The others are Bishop Noll, Boone Grove, Calumet, Chesterton, Clark, Crown Point, Gavit, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Kouts, LaCrosse, Merrillville, Michigan City, Morgan Township, Munster, North Newton, South Central, Valparaiso, Washington Township, Westville, Wheeler and Whiting.
Including Wheeler, at least 32 of the 43 Region girls basketball teams have halted activities and/or missed a contest this season because of coronavirus concerns within their respective programs.
The others are Andrean, Bishop Noll, Boone Grove, Calumet, Clark, Covenant Christian, Crown Point, EC Central, Gavit, Griffith, Hanover Central, Hebron, Highland, Hobart, Kankakee Valley, Kouts, LaCrosse, Lake Central, LaPorte, Marquette, Merrillville, Michigan City, Morgan Township, Munster, North Newton, Portage, River Forest, Valparaiso, West Side, Westville and Whiting.