Rapid developments end in cancellation of championships
UPDATED 12:30 P.M. THURSDAY —
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.
The OSAA has cancelled all remaining Winter State Championships. This includes the remaining Basketball (effective immediately) and Dance/Drill State Championships. The 6A girls tournament moved through its first-round games Wednesday and it's consolation games Thursday morning when the tournament was halted.
"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.
This news comes after the Pac-12, along with other major collegiate conferences and the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), canceled their men's basketball tournament and all other sporting events until further notice due to COVID-19.
"I figured we might play with no fans, but I was kinda shocked when I heard the games had been cancelled," Barlow coach Tom Johnson said. "I'm not going to disagree with the decision. They know a whole lot more about it than I do. It's disheartening, but you don't have any control over it."
"It's obviously very disappointing and heart breaking for all of us," Barlow senior Jaren Hunter said. "We have been wanting a chance to win a state championship for many years now. It sucks knowing that I won't be able to play with my teammates ever again or never be able to play for T.J. again."
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.
We are working with our ticketing partners to ensure those who purchased tickets for future sessions are reimbursed.
The OSAA will have updates soon about Spring activities and contests that are scheduled to begin next week.
Steve Walker is the Sports Information Director for the OSAA.
Gresham Outlook sports editor David Ball contributed to this report.
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