Winter athletics in Oregon has felt the effects of the spread of COVID-19.
On Monday, Oregon health officials issued a new recommendation urging schools to protect or suspend winter after-school activities, including athletics, entirely. This is due to a recent surge in COVID-19 cases in Oregon, including a record number of new cases.
A day later, several basketball games were canceled.
Seven basketball games scheduled for Tuesday evening had been canceled by Tuesday afternoon. At least two of these were due to COVID-19:
- Springfield at Sheldon Boys Basketball
- Sprague in the boys’ basketball game in Oregon City
The Oregon School Activities Association has not yet indicated any breaks in winter sports. On Monday afternoon, OSAA executive director Peter Weber told Oregonian / OregonLive that all winter activities at the local level, be it on a school basis or as a result of a decision by a sports district, are being suspended.
Marshall Haskins, senior director of the Portland Interscholastic League, said the PIL was discussing Monday’s new recommendations but no decisions had been made yet. PIL basketball games for boys and girls are already planned for Tuesday evening.
The spread of COVID doesn’t just mean the cancellation of high school events across the country. Both Oregon and Oregon State basketball programs have been canceled in the past few days.
However, not all cancellations were COVID-related. Tuesday’s Hood River Valley vs. Aloha Girls basketball game was canceled due to inclement weather preventing the Eagles from being able to travel.