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The West Linn boys hoop team will play Thursday, but without fans in the stands

   The West Linn boys basketball team has reached the pinnacle of Oregon high school competition — the 2020 Class 6A state tournament.

But the Lions' many loyal fans won't be allowed to watch them play at the state tournament, which opens Thursday, March 12, and continues through Saturday, March 14, at the Chiles Center on the University of Portland campus.

In short, the COVID-19 virus has claimed another victim.

Based on an order from Oregon governor Kate Brown issued Wednesday night that bans 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 which said that "only participating students and coaches, essential event staff personnel and media with OSAA-issued credentials will be allowed to attend OSAA State Championship events."

Brown's order means that Laker fans will not be allowed to attend West Linn's quarterfinal matchup against Jesuit at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 12, at the Chiles Center.

The ban on gatherings of over 250 people will also apply to any ensuing Lions' games at the tournament.

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