Portland Pilots freshman guard Chase Adams announced on Friday that he is self-quarantining in his home in Chicago after his grandmother tested positive for COVID-19.
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.
The University of Portland Athletics announced Thursday evening that all athletics activities for the spring semester are canceled. The decision — which was made in consultation with local health authorities, the West Coast Conference and the NCAA — comes amid concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus.
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.
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.
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.
In a gritty, overtime thriller, the Portland Pilots defeated the San Diego Toreros 64-63 in the West Coast Conference championship to earn an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. It’s their first trip to the NCAA tournament since 1997 and their first WCC title since 1994.
Portland Pilots guard Haylee Andrews received one of the best birthday gifts she could ask for as she hit the game-winning floater to take down the top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs in the West Coast Conference Tournament Semifinals 70-69.
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.
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.