UPDATE: The OSAA announced late Thursday morning that they would be canceling all state championships remaining for the Winter Sports
After consulting with schools and venue partners, the OSAA is canceling all remaining Winter State Championships; more information to follow. pic.twitter.com/elyhb8TuGO— OSAA (@OSAASports) March 12, 2020
Below is the article from earlier this morning:
The Oregon Schools Activities Association announced on Wednesday that the state championships would be played as scheduled but fans would not be allowed to attend, due to fears surrounding the coronavirus.
Instead, only players, essential staff, and media will be allowed in the venues.
OSAA released the following statement:
With today’s rapidly changing situation, and in consultation with these groups, the OSAA has made the difficult decision to change its spectator policies for state championship events. Beginning Thursday morning, March 12, per guidance from the OHA and the Governor, only participating students and coaches, essential event staff personnel and media with OSAA-issued credentials will be allowed to attend OSAA State Championship events.
"This difficult decision has not been made lightly,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “Going into this week we knew the situation was rapidly evolving and as the circumstances and guidance have changed throughout today, our focus is on trying to honor the commitment students have made throughout the season by continuing the contests, albeit without spectators.”
However, the situation could change rapidly.
Late Wednesday night the NBA announced that it would be suspending its season, and Major League Soccer followed suit on Thursday. Around the country, NCAA conferences have postponed their conference tournaments, and the state of the NCAA Tournament itself is in flux.
With all these major leagues suspending play, there is a very real chance local high school sports leagues could do the same.
We will keep you updated as any new updates come in.