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OSAA announces in a memo Wednesday night, that only players, essential personnel and media will be allowed into contests

LON AUSTIN/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Hogan Smith dribbles the ball during Thursday's first round of the state tournament. The Cowboys play this morning at 9 a.m. in the consolation round of the tournament. Wednesday night the OSAA announced that the playoffs will continue today, but that spectators will not be allowed in today's games.With Crook County playing in the OSAA State Basketball Tournament for just the first time since 1948 a large crowd from Crook County was in attendance at Wednesday's quarterfinal game against Churchill.

The Cowboys lost the game 70-47, dropping into today's first round of consolation.

Later Wednesday night the OSAA released a memo anouncing that beginning today the playoffs will continue, but that only players, essential personnel and media will be allowed to attend games.

Interested fans can watch the games live-streamed at (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/osaa). In addition all games will be available on the OSAA radio network at t (http://www.osaa.org/radio-network).

Below is a copy of the text of the OSAA memo.

MEDIA RELEASE

OSAA STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS TO CONTINUE WITH NO SPECTATORS; ESSENTIAL PERSONNEL, MEDIA ONLY

March 11, 2020 – (Wilsonville, OR)

Over the past week the OSAA has followed guidance from the Oregon Health Authority (OHA), Oregon

Department of Education (ODE) and local health departments in administering our state championship

events. The OSAA is committed to following the direction of Oregon's public health authorities, including

guidance from the Governor, OHA, and ODE in order to help slow the transmission of the coronavirus.

With today's rapidly changing situation, and in consultation with these groups, the OSAA has made the

difficult decision to change its spectator policies for state championship events. Beginning Thursday morning,

March 12, per guidance from the OHA and the Governor, only participating students and coaches, essential

event staff personnel and media with OSAA-issued credentials will be allowed to attend OSAA State

Championship events.

"This difficult decision has not been made lightly," said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. "Going into

this week we knew the situation was rapidly evolving and as the circumstances and guidance have changed

throughout today, our focus is on trying to honor the commitment students have made throughout the season

by continuing the contests, albeit without spectators."

OSAA Staff is communicating directly with the participating schools with instructions and further details.

Fans will be able to watch all games from each state championship site this week via the NFHS Network

(https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/osaa). Additionally, all games will have free streaming audio via

the OSAA Radio Network at (http://www.osaa.org/radio-network). Live game stats will also be available

through the OSAA website. Daily stories from each championship site will be available on OSAAtoday at

www.osaa.org/today.

We will be working with each of our venues and partners to communicate directly to fans about refunds for

tickets already purchased.

The OSAA will continue to monitor this situation closely and provide updates as necessary.


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