It's official, spring sports cancelled

High School Class of 2020 has played for final time
Staff Report

Spring sports were officiall cancelled for the remainder of the year by the OSAA Wednesday following a directive by Governor Kate Brown to close schools for the remainder of the academic calendar year due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Effectively, because schools are now closed through mid-June, there's no ability to schedule practices and games, so any hope of returning after then initial closure to April 28 ended.

“Today’s heart wrenching decision is difficult for all members of the OSAA family,” said Peter Weber, OSAA Executive Director. “We empathize with students and school communities, especially our graduating seniors, but recognize that these cancellations will allow our collective focus to remain where it’s most needed at this time - on the health and safety of all Oregonians.”

The OSAA halted its schedule March 12 during the final days of the boys and girls Class 6A, 5A and 4A basketball state tournaments following a decree to close schools by Brown. No contests have been played since.

It is the first time state championships will not be held in OSAA sports since 1962 when all three classifications ended in co-champions due to finals being rained out. State finals were also rained out in 1954 and '53. State finals were held both years in boys golf, as well as boys tennis.

The state boys track and field meet has never been cancelled since it began in 1927.