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Opening day of Abby’s Holiday Classic canceled

Organizers hope to still play Wednesday and Thursday in revised 31st edition

The scheduled opening round of play Tuesday in the 31st Abby’s Holiday Classic has been canceled, and organizers for the boys basketball tournament were still devising a plan as of Monday afternoon for the continuation of the event Wednesday and Thursday here in Medford.

Travel conditions brought on by winter weather caused the cancellation of Day 1 of the Abby’s Holiday Classic, which is co-hosted by North Medford and South Medford High Schools. A decision for Wednesday’s games and thereafter was not expected to be made until Tuesday.

Tuesday’s openers were set to be split between the two local 6A high schools, with games at 5:15 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. at each site.

The original plan called for Day 2 and Day 3 games to be played at South Medford High, with contests each day at 12 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:15 p.m. and 4:45 p.m.

It is the hope of tournament organizers that games will be able to be played Wednesday and Thursday, but no final determination has been made yet on that possibility.

Last year’s tournament was canceled altogether due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In claiming the 2019 crown, North Medford captured its 11th championship in tournament history and fifth in the past six years.

South Medford hasn’t won its own tournament since 2012 but boasts nine titles overall. The Panthers and Black Tornado have met up in the championship final eight times, with North claiming the last three matchups to even the series at four wins apiece.

Tuesday’s original schedule called for North Medford High to be the host site for Ashland (3-2) to play Forest Grove (3-4) at 5:15 p.m. and the Black Tornado to entertain North Eugene (3-4) at 6:45. South Medford was set to open the tourney at home at 6:45 p.m. against Red Bluff (3-9) of California in a game immediately following a 5:15 tip between Roseburg (3-6) and South Salem (3-4).

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