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The Philomath High School girls basketball team has withdrawn from the Vince Dulcich Tournament at Astoria High School that had been scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Athletic Director Tony Matta said Monday afternoon.

When asked for details about the decision, Matta said, “COVID precautions are the reason for our withdrawal.” Head coach Ben Silva said “the tournament was canceled due to weather” after mentioning earlier Monday that officials were trying to reschedule games for later in the week.

Superintendent of Schools Susan Halliday said it was a combination of factors that led to the team withdrawing.

An unknown number of PHS girls basketball players and staff went into COVID quarantine at some point following its participation in a Coos Bay tournament hosted Dec. 16-18 by Marshfield High. Halliday said she was aware of positive and close contacts related to the girls basketball program but was not sure how many tested positive.

“Quarantine time would have allowed the majority to play in the tourney tomorrow (Tuesday), of course, pending other possible positive cases,” Halliday said. “With the combination of weather, quarantine and a desire to remain healthy returning to school, the decision was made to cancel.”

Silva said he was anticipating that “everyone will be cleared from quarantine by Thursday.”

The girls basketball team is 5-1 on the season with its lone loss against a 5A opponent. The team will not play again until Jan. 3 for a game at Corvallis. A home game for Jan. 5 against Rainier is also on the schedule for a final tuneup before conference play begins.

Meanwhile, the boys basketball team’s game scheduled for Monday in Portland at the Riverdale Winter Tournament was canceled for COVID-related reasons, coach Blake Ecker said. A game against Riverdale has been rescheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The boys are currently 4-3 on the season with the only remaining nonconference games being the Riverdale tournament appearance and a home game against Rainier that has been scheduled for Jan. 5.

A wrestling tournament scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday at West Albany is still on, PHS coach Troy Woosley said.


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