The Baker girls basketball team will try to win their second straight state title without their usual contingent of Bulldog supporters in the stands at Forest Grove High School.
The Oregon School Activities Association (OSAA) announced Wednesday night that due to concerns about the coronavirus, only students, coaches, event staff and media will be allowed to attend games at basketball state tournaments, including the Class 4A event where Baker is competing. The Bulldogs open the tournament tonight at 8:15 against Valley Catholic.
The Baker City Herald will be updating Baker's game scores on its website, www.bakercityherald.com, and on the Herald's Facebook page.
“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.”
According to a press release from the OSAA, the organization followed guidance from the Oregon Health Authority, the state’s lead agency on coronavirus, as well as the Oregon Department of Education and local health departments.
Fans will be able to watch all games from each state championship site this week via the NFHS Network (https://www.nfhsnetwork.com/associations/osaa). Additionally, all games will have free streaming audio via the OSAA Radio Network at (http://www.osaa.org/radio-network). Live game stats will also be available through the OSAA website. Daily stories from each championship site will be available on OSAAtoday at www.osaa.org/today.