AIA cancels basketball championship games in Prescott Valley after parents' backlash over weather

PRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. (FOX 10) - The Arizona Interscholastic Association has canceled the 1A and 2A state basketball tournament games scheduled for this weekend in Prescott Valley.

AIA Executive Director David Hines said in a Facebook post on Friday that it is unsafe for the schools to travel to the championship games due to the winter storm affecting much of Arizona.

"At this point, while 13 schools are in the Prescott area, it is unsafe for them to travel to the arena," Hines said. "We have advised the schools to stay in and avoid the roads until it is safe to return home. I will be working with my financial team to evaluate ways in which we may provide reimbursement assistance to the affected teams who traveled to Prescott. Tickets purchased ahead of time are fully refundable. We will post additional information and instructions within the next day.

The announcement comes after many parents contacted FOX 10 saying they were upset that the games were to be played as scheduled as a massive winter storm was about to hit Arizona.

Hines says the decision was made on Wednesday to play the games as scheduled because "we were unable to reach a consensus on postponement options" for the games.

Hines says the games may be played in the metro-Phoenix area and the AIA is looking at options. Once the decision on the venue is reached, a conference call will take place with all of the affected schools.

Modified 1A and 2A basketball tournament schedule