Vale Reverses Course On Culminating Tournaments

VALE – The Vale School District has announced Season 4 teams (basketball and wrestling) will be able to travel and attend culminating tournaments. The announcement was passed on to coaches within the last few days.

The decision came after Season 2 and 3 sports were barred from participating in any season ending events. In addition, all overnight travel was prohibited until this recent decision.

While Vale chose not to allow student athletes to attend culminating events in Seasons 2 and 3, other school districts within Malheur County elected to allow student athletes to participate. Adrian, Harper, and Ontario recently returned from culminating state track competitions.

Throughout the 2020-2021 school year, we have prioritized the safety of our students, staff, and community. In addition, our priority has been to maintain consistent in-person instruction for all students,” said Vale Superintendent Alisha McBride. “As guidance from the state of Oregon has been revised to allow more activities and the school year has concluded, we felt comfortable allowing our winter teams/individuals to participate in statewide Season 4 culmination events, if they qualify.”

Malheur County is currently in the “High Risk” category according the Malheur County Health Department for COVID cases.

The culminating events are not sanctioned by the Oregon Schools Activities Association and are largely organized by league coaches.

In basketball, both boys and girls, only Nyssa, Burns and now Vale have announced teams will participate in the fight to attend a culminating tournament representing the Eastern Oregon League.