Dayton-Horizon Christian rescheduled because of ice

Cold conditions in Yamhill County closed Dayton School District on Friday, cancelling a rematch of the 2012 3A state basketball championship

(Ben Schorzman/Sports Editor) Dayton High School Athletic Director Todd Shirley called the News-Register sports desk Friday morning, hoping he wasn’t too late to get something into the paper. The icy conditions on the roads forced Dayton to close school, cancelling all the sporting events in the process – including the highly anticipated matchup between the No. 1-ranked Horizon Christian and No. 12-ranked Dayton boys basketball teams. The game was scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday in Dayton. It has been re-scheduled for the same time Monday.

People will have to wait just a bit longer to watch the first installment this season of a rivalry that has dominated the 3A boys basketball landscape for the last three years. Dayton and Horizon Christian have played in the last three 3A state championship games, and the two teams haven’t lost to any other league opponent since 2009-10.

The slightly frustrating thing about the timing of the cancellation is that when readers pick up their Jan. 11, 2013 News-Register paper and read the sports section, they’ll read a column written by Yours Truly with the headline, “Pirates-Hawks meet for first time in 2013.” My column talks about the matchup and briefly delves into the history. Our deadline for the print edition was 5 p.m. Thursday. We tweeted out the news this morning and also updated the column online to minimize the damage, but readers expecting to read about the game in next Tuesday’s paper will be disappointed.

Just another example of how quickly news happens, and how web content becomes an integral part of reporting when stories change between papers. 

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