Barlow boys wait 48 hours for opener
This week's push of snow flurries forced schools to postpone the start of the prep basketball playoffs for a large portion of the bracket.
Ten of the 16 boys matchups went off as scheduled Tuesday night, but anything involving schools south of Eugene or from Central Oregon saw their games bumped to Thursday.
That includes Barlow, which is hosting its first playoff game since 2012 against Southwest Conference co-leader Sheldon, at 6 p.m.
"We've had to deal with snow a lot over the year, but I never remember missing a playoff date due to weather," Barlow coach Tom Johnson said.
No school on Tuesday, meant no practice for the Bruins, who instead gathered at Oregon City High School to cheer on Gresham in its first-round game.
"We always cheer for our other Mount Hood teams," Johnson said.
The Bruins were back to practice Wednesday after a late-start to the school day.
"It's the same pre-game routine, and we'll do something at the end of practice to keep things light-hearted," Johnson said. "Our kids will be no less ready to go than they would have been Tuesday — it's the playoffs."
The early-round postponements have the carry-over effect of piling up against the second-round, which is scheduled to begin Friday. Although, Johnson said schools have some wiggle room in that scheduling.
"Playing back-to-back is something we do every year, we did it at the Schwab tournament in December, plus Tigard and Roseburg find themselves in the same boat," Johnson said.
With a win over Sheldon, Barlow would advance to play either at Tigard or home against Roseburg in the second round.
The entire first round of girls play was bumped back a day with Bend vs. Sheldon getting pushed all the way to Friday.
Check online at greshamoutlook.com for playoff results.