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Woodburn, North Marion hoop teams will play Thursday, but without fans in the stands

PMG GRAPHIC - The Woodburn boys basketball team, along with the North Marion boys and girls basketball teams will be played without fans after an order issued by Gov. Kate Brown restricting gatherings of more than 250 people Wednesday.The COVID-19 virus has claimed another victim.

The Woodburn and North Marion basketball teams has reached the pinnacle of Oregon high school competition — the 2020 Class 6A state tournament. But the Bulldogs' and Huskies' many loyal fans won't be allowed to watch them play at the state tournament Thursday, March 12.

Based on an order from Oregon governor Kate Brown issued Wednesday night, March 11, banning gatherings of more than 250 people for at least four weeks, the Oregon School Activities Association — the governing association for Oregon high school sports — issued a press release stating "only participating students and coaches, essential event staff personnel and media with OSAA-issued credentials will be allowed to attend OSAA State Championship events."

The championships kick off March 12 at Forest Grove High School and are set to continue through Saturday, March 14.

Brown's order means that Woodburn and North Marion fans will not be allowed to attend a March 12 quarterfinal showdown between the boys basketball teams at 8:15 p.m., nor will Husky fans be able to attend the girls basketball team's game against Hidden Valley at 6:30 p.m.

The ban on gatherings of over 250 people will also apply to any ensuing Woodburn and North Marion games at the tournament.


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