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Breaking: Providence Catholic High School cancels sporting events in Chicago this weekend

Jason Van Dyke
Jason Van Dyke

Providence Catholic High School sent out a message Friday afternoon saying it was cancelling all sporting events scheduled to take place in Chicago throughout the weekend.

"Due to the verdict of the high-profile trial that was released within the last hour, the public's reaction to this verdict remains uncertain," read the message. "This uncertainty has led the PCHS administration to cancel all sporting events scheduled to take place in the City of Chicago this weekend."

The "high-profile trial" was that of Chicago police Officer Jason Van Dyke, who was convicted Friday afternoon of second-degree murder in the 2014 shooting of Laquan McDonald.

Providence canceled its varsity and junior varsity football games against Mount Carmel and its girls volleyball game against Mother McAuley.

PCHS will forfeit the games.

An email from Mount Carmel athletic director Dan LaCount said, "As of now Providence Catholic has forfeited the sophomore and varsity games for this weekend. Obviously, we are disappointed, and we pray for peace in our communities."

Providence's freshman football game at home and its varsity girls tennis participation in a conference tournament at Loyola Academy were still scheduled for the weekend, pending location.

The message went on to say that coaches would contact players directly with instructions.

Last year, a varsity football game between Providence and Hope Academy on the west side of Chicago was interrupted by nearby gunfire. No one was hurt and the Celtics won the game.

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