Major League Baseball postponed 91 games Tuesday through Sunday.
The NFL called off all games Sunday and the Monday night game between the Vikings and Baltimore Ravens.
NASCAR postponed the New Hampshire 300 and the NHRA scratched the Keystone Nationals.
All pro golf events this weekend were canceled.
All Division I-A college football games have been postponed.
The terrorist attacks Tuesday in New York and Washington, D.C., and the crash of a hijacked plane near Pittsburgh have shaken the United States.
Americans are striving to regain some semblance of normalcy while showing reverence and support for victims of the terrorist acts.
In the Brainerd lakes area, activities directors at area high schools believe one way to expedite a return to normalcy is to permit athletic events to be played this weekend. All 11 area high schools either conducted contests Thursday or plan to play tonight and Saturday.
The activities directors pointed out that thousands of fans congregate in pro and college stadiums compared to a few thousand at a prep football game or a few hundred at other high school events.
Brainerd activities director Todd Selk said an administrative team consisting of Assistant Superintendent Gary Phillips, Principal Steve Razidlo and himself made the decision to play.
"Our belief was we need to get on with a normal schedule as soon as possible, return to a normal school day, and an extension of that school day as soon as possible," Selk said. "Again, this in no way is any disrespect to the situation or making light of the situation. But our belief is we should proceed as normal as possible, for the good of our students."
Little Falls activities director Mike Olson said an objective of those committing terrorist acts is to disrupt the American way of life.
"We want to return to a state of normalcy as soon as possible," Olson said. "We called off Tuesday's events out of respect for what happened and how serious the situation was, not because of security reasons. In our area, we need to be concerned with security, but we don't see it as being the same issue as at an airport or traveling across the country.
"Until we hear something different, we will continue with the games."
Crosby-Ironton activities director Roger Twigg said it's not that the Rangers have to play, it's that they should play.
"I think that's better for kids, that we go on and play and make our daily lives as normal as possible," Twigg said. "Now, if the U.S. wants to shut everything down for a day, I am all for that.
"I think, for us in the Midwest, it's better to go on and do what we have to do. Now, if Greenway says they're not coming down (tonight to play football) because of this, we would certainly honor that.
"The NFL's goal is to attract a crowd. Our goal is to participate in an activity that is worthwhile."
On Thursday, the Minnesota State High School League issued a news release stating its position is that each school should follow its internal policies regarding activities.
The MSHSL is encouraging schools to observe a moment of silence before contests. Following the moment of silence, the MSHSL suggests the playing and/or singing of the national anthem.
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