In the midst of a barren time for athletics around the area, a big announcement came out of the North Miami School Board meeting Tuesday night as the board confirmed the resignation of Ed Contreras as athletic director at the high school effective at the end of the current contract period.

When it comes to Maconaquah girls’ soccer, there was one name that was circled on every opposing team’s whiteboard when it came time to take on the Braves: Jolee Holland.

While the sports world may have come to a screeching halt in recent weeks, the majority of the latest sports season was completed and all four All-TRC athletic teams have been recorded for the 2019-20 winter sports.

The IHSAA announced Friday afternoon that the Boys’ Basketball State Tournament has been postponed until further notice while Peru Community Schools and North Miami Community Schools announced they would transition to eLearning days starting next week.

The spreading of COVID-19, the medical name of the Coronavirus that has been in the news for several months, reached a major turning point Wednesday night and into Thursday as the virus has made an impact at local, state and national levels.

Indoor track season opened for all three Miami County teams this weekend as Maconaquah and North Miami took part in the Hoosier State Relay qualifiers at Indiana Wesleyan University while Peru traveled north to the HSR qualifiers at Trine University.

With Maconaquah exiting the boys’ basketball state tournament Wednesday, the 2019-20 winter athletics season has come to a close.

MONTICELLO – As the last Miami County team standing by default, Maconaquah had a chance to make waves Wednesday night in IHSAA Boys’ Basketball Class 3A Sectional No. 20 play against Benton Central.

MONTICELLO – The two meetings between Peru and Twin Lakes this season were three weeks apart but the feel of both games made it seem like the first game was replayed again Tuesday evening in the opening game of IHSAA Boys’ Basketball Class 3A Sectional No. 20.

North Miami’s season came to an abrupt end Tuesday night against Northfield in the opening game of IHSAA Boys’ Basketball Class A Sectional No. 53 at Southern Wells.

The setup for Friday night’s TRC and regular season boys’ basketball finale was simple for Peru: win and you get a share of the conference title; lose and you get nothing.

Maconaquah’s Vincenzo Rooker completed his junior season with a 12th-place finish at the IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium at IUPUI.

FULTON – The warning shot for North Miami came just 30 seconds into Thursday night’s boys’ basketball regular season finale at Caston.

Saturday morning Vincenzo Rooker will be among the 32 divers looking to win a state title at the IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals held at the Indiana Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis.

Maconaquah picked up two bits of good news Tuesday night as the boys’ basketball team won its home finale against Taylor 77-69 and junior Vincenzo Rooker advanced to the IHSAA Swimming and Diving State Finals.

Watching the boys’ basketball practices at North Miami, you wouldn’t be able to tell that anything untoward has happened in the past two weeks.

INDIANAPOLIS — Trey Sturgill was familiar with the bright lights and pressure-packed stage that accompanies a trip to the state wrestling championships, though it had been two years since the Peru senior had experienced it first hand.

With a chance at the TRC boys’ basketball title still within its reach, Peru hosted Rochester in the penultimate conference game of the season Friday night.

A night after squeezing past Manchester on the road, Maconaquah returned home to find 4A No. 7 Culver Military Academy waiting at the door.

Maconaquah’s Vincenzo Rooker will be aiming for an IHSAA Boys’ Swimming and Diving State Finals berth Tuesday after winning the diving competition Saturday at the Carmel Swimming and Diving Sectional, qualifying for the Homestead Diving Regional in the process.

Maconaquah’s Nolyn Tubb will get four rounds in the finals at the IHSAA Carmel Swimming and Diving Sectional Saturday afternoon after the Braves senior qualified for the main finals in the 50 and 100 free, along with the 200 medley and 200 free relays.

As the Parade of Champions takes place in the minutes just before the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals gets underway Friday night, two faces will be donning the black and gold of Peru on the floor.

As the second quarter of Tuesday’s TRC boys’ basketball game went on, Northfield found itself hanging around with Maconaquah, one of the four teams still within touching distance of the conference title.

With the results of last week’s TRC boys’ basketball games, the race for the TRC boys’ basketball title has whittled down to four teams with a chance to claim the crown while one of the four teams can ensure their place atop the pile by the end of the week.

A crucial TRC boys’ basketball game was on tap at the Tig-Arena Friday night as Peru hosted Manchester with the home team looking to stay in control of its conference destiny while the visitors needed a win in order to stay alive in the title race.

Peru wrestlers Trey Sturgill and Zian Constable will wrestle one final weekend as the pair qualified for the IHSAA Wrestling State Finals from the New Haven Wrestling Semi-State Saturday.

In recent seasons, Southwood and Maconaquah’s boys’ basketball teams have met in thrilling, high-stakes contests with plenty of drama and excitement. Friday’s meeting between the two sides was the rare, extreme exception.

North Miami boys' basketball head coach Basil Mawbey has resigned from the position with immediate affect.

It’s been almost seven years since Maconaquah’s Chase Williams represented the school on the mats at the 2013 IHSAA Wrestling State Finals, the longest drought for a state appearance among the three Miami County schools.

MONTICELLO – A third meeting with a potential boys’ basketball sectional opponent went the same way the first two did for Peru Tuesday night.

As teams approach the final third of the TRC boys’ basketball conference race, two front runners still sit in prime position to be atop of the conference standings once the season comes to a conclusion.

KOKOMO – As part of the Indian Basketball Day festivities, Peru had its boys’ basketball game against Northwestern moved to Kokomo’s Memorial Gym Saturday afternoon, the second of four games played on the day at the venue.

While Peru was waiting for the official result Tuesday night during this week’s practice, there was always a good chance the Tigers would be facing No. 2 Benton Central in Friday’s IHSAA Girls’ Basketball Class 3A Sectional No. 22 semifinal.

MONTICELLO – For a couple of possessions to start Tuesday night’s IHSAA Girls’ Basketball Class 3A Sectional No. 22 opener at Twin Lakes, Maconaquah was able to work around a swarming Benton Central press.

Despite having not won for over a month when Southwood came to visit, North Miami looked a step ahead of the visitors for through three quarters of play Friday night.

GREENTOWN – A night after picking up a solid road win at Wabash, Peru looked to finish the girls’ basketball regular season off in style with a trip to Eastern Thursday night.

WABASH – Down its leading scorer due to illness, the Wabash girls’ basketball team lacked the punch it needed on both ends on Tuesday as Peru visited Coolman Gymnasium and walked away with a 53-37 win.

A night after watching North Miami turn a tie ballgame into a runout in the final 3:27 of play, Maconaquah turned around to face Frankfort in its girls’ basketball regular season finale Wednesday evening.