Kyle Garcia


The women's basketball team had their season cut short after the cancellation of the NCAA tournament.

'We didn't realize our season was over:' Women's basketball reflects on lost season

March Madness is one of the biggest draws of the sports world every year, and the Pilots were about to partake in it for the first time in 23 years. But even with that opportunity being taken away from them due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, the Pilots find themselves not reminiscing about what could’ve been, but instead reflecting on how great it was.

Kate Andersen was the lone senior on the Pilots this year.

NCAA cancels tournament, ending Pilots' season

The NCAA canceled the upcoming 2020 men’s and women’s basketball tournament as well as all remaining winter and spring championships Thursday afternoon over concerns of the spreading of the novel coronavirus. It will be the first time since the tournament’s inception in 1939 that it has been canceled.

The OSAA 6A State Tournament will continue without spectators according to OSAA.

OSAA 6A tournament at UP to continue without spectators

After Governor Kate Brown announced a ban on gatherings of 250 or more people Wednesday night due to growing concern about the new coronavirus, the OSAA announced that their basketball state championships — including the 6A tournament being held at the University of Portland — will continue without spectators. 

The University of Portland will host the OSAA 6A Basketball State Championships despite growing concerns about the novel coronavirus. Photo courtesy of University of Portland athletics.

UP to host OSAA 6A state tournament as planned despite COVID-19 concerns

Despite growing concerns surrounding the spread of the novel coronavirus, the University of Portland will still host the 2020 OSAA 6A Basketball State Championships from Wednesday, March 11 through Saturday, March 14 at the Chiles Center. The event draws thousands of people every year, with attendance in 2017’s event being 25,668 people.

Avery Gill hands the baton off to the second leg runner, Natalie Smith.

Portland Indoor Three concludes home meets for Pilots

The University of Portland track teams concluded the Portland Indoor series on Sunday, hosting a small collection of teams from throughout the Pacific Northwest while they prepared for championships next weekend.

Kyle Garcia, Sports editor for The Beacon.

STAFF OPINION: Kobe was always invincible. Until he wasn’t.

I still haven’t accepted that he’s dead. It’s one of those things where a person seems so alive and untouchable that when you’re reminded that he’s gone it just doesn’t feel real. You go about life assuming that he’s fine, just coaching Gigi, mentoring young players or shaming more seventh graders. But then the world gives you a harsh reminder that he is in fact gone. That he actually wasn’t a god, that he was, in fact, a human being like the rest of us.