Winter weather continues to wreak havoc on Intermountain Conference basketball.
The Redmond High girls team will enter the Class 5A state playoffs as the No. 1 team from the IMC and will host a first-round playoff game on Saturday, according to Redmond and Ridgeview athletic director Kevin Bryant.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Redmond was still scheduled to host Pendleton in the IMC championship game on Wednesday, but a third-straight day of school cancellations announced Tuesday evening made that impossible.
Redmond schools were closed and subsequently all athletic contests were canceled Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
According to provisions decided by IMC athletic directors, Redmond will be the No. 1 seed from the IMC, Pendleton will be No. 2 and Ridgeview No. 3, based on records. The Ravens will travel for a first-round playoff game on Saturday.
The OSAA’s 5A playoff bracket is scheduled to be released Wednesday night.
Because so many regular-season IMC games had been canceled or postponed due to weather, the IMC held an end-of-season tournament to determine its top three seeds in boys and girls basketball. The snow has continued to force ADs to alter plans. Consolation games to determine the No. 3 seeds from the IMC have been canceled.
Forecasts for Redmond called for 5 to 7 more inches of snow on Tuesday night.
“They’re doing the best job they can to clear parking lots, but it’s just terrible,” Bryant said. “Our kids haven’t been to the gym since Saturday.”
Hood River Valley was scheduled to host Pendleton in the boys IMC championship on Wednesday; that game is in doubt as well. If that game cannot be played, Hood River Valley would be the top state seed for IMC boys, followed by Pendleton at No. 2 and The Dalles at No. 3, based on records.
“It’s unusual to have this kind of weather this late in the year,” Bryant said. “It’s just been a nightmare. It’s been helpful to our league in that the ADs have spent a ton of time talking, and we’ve had to talk each other off cliffs and ledges. It just wears on you, because every day, you’re going to get snow, and what’s going to happen?”