OSAA will accommodate Adventists

The Rogue Valley Adventist School basketball team will compete in this year’s state playoffs after the Oregon Supreme Court ruled the Oregon School Activities Association must accommodate religious beliefs in scheduling.

Seventh-day Adventists observe their sabbath from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday, barring them from competing in games scheduled during those hours. The OSAA had refused to accommodate the group until Friday’s Supreme Court decision, which found in favor of the Portland Adventist Academy’s bid to reschedule Class 3A games should they fall on the sabbath.

The OSAA voluntarily agreed to make the same accommodation in the Class 1A tournament, so the Red-Tailed Hawks of the Rogue Valley Adventist School can participate in the playoffs, said David Fidanque, executive director of the ACLU of Oregon.

The Red-Tailed Hawks qualified for the state playoffs Saturday after winning the Mountain Valley League tournament in Eagle Point.

— Chris Conrad

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