OSAA cancels dance state championships
Canby's dance team will not get the chance to win their sixth straight OSAA show title.
Due to COVID-19, the OSAA has cancelled all remaining Winter State Championships.
"As this unprecedented public health emergency continues to evolve, we believe that the responsibility to our member schools and communities regarding the health and safety of participants remains our highest priority," said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director.
The OSAA will continue to collaborate with Oregon's public health authorities, including guidance from the Governor, OHA, and ODE in order to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus.
Even with one of its youngest teams, including 11 freshmen, the Cougars won both of their two winter competitions.
On March 7 at Liberty High School in Hillsboro, Canby earned the top score of the competition (87.53) en route to a first place finish in the show division.
The Cougars were also crowned grand champion.
On Feb. 22 at Parkrose, Canby took first in the show division as well.
The state competition was scheduled for Friday, March 20 at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Portland.
Senior Rachel Hansen was set to perform along with the other 15 Class 6A all-state dancers.
"Our families, dancers, and coaches are heart broken and disappointed in the abrupt end to the season," Canby dance coach Jennifer Chaffee said. " But, we are a flexible and resilient group, who are bonded tightly. I have communicated to parents that we are committed to having some closure on our season and our plan is to hold some form of friends and family night to give these kids a chance to dance one more time, to honor our seniors, and to have closure."
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