The Federal Way Eagles boys basketball team reacts to the final minutes of the WIAA 4A Hardwood Classic quarterfinals game on March 5. The Eagles lost 61-49 to Mt. Si. Senad Tiric, for the Mirror

The Federal Way Eagles boys basketball team reacts to the final minutes of the WIAA 4A Hardwood Classic quarterfinals game on March 5. The Eagles lost 61-49 to Mt. Si. Senad Tiric, for the Mirror

Worker at 3A, 4A state basketball tournament in Tacoma tests positive for COVID-19

WIAA notifies groups who may have been in close contact with the individual March 4-7; two Federal Way teams played in last week’s tournament.

A tournament staffer who worked at last weekend’s 3A/4A Hardwood Classic state basketball tournament in Tacoma has tested positive for COVID-19, the WIAA announced on Friday, March 13.

The tournaments drew in top high school basketball programs from throughout the state, including two teams from Federal Way. The Federal Way Eagles boys basketball team faced Mount Si at the WIAA 4A Hardwood Classic quarterfinals game on March 5. The Eagles also played against Sumner during the championships in an elimination game on March 6.

In addition, the Todd Beamer Titans girls basketball team played at the Dome all four days of the tournament.

The Titans won 57-41 against Union at the Dome on March 4, then lost 57-50 against Woodinville on March 5 to put Todd Beamer into a consolation bracket. Refusing to give up, the Titans beat Chiawana 51-41 on March 6, followed by a 67-56 loss to Issaquah to secure sixth place in state on March 7.

The WIAA has been in contact with the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department and, because the individual became symptomatic after the tournament, health officials have deemed the situation to be a low risk for those involved with the event, according to a press release from WIAA.

Because the individual first showed symptoms on March 9, it has been deemed by health officials that the earliest the individual may have been contagious is Saturday, March 7.

The WIAA could not provide additional details regarding the tournament worker’s position or identity, said WIAA Sports and Activities Information Director Casey Johnson.

In an abundance of caution, the Health Department has recommended the WIAA notify those people that may have been in close contact with the individual to self-monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 over the course of the next eight days and WIAA staff has been in communication with those relevant groups. To date, the WIAA has not been notified of any other individuals involved in the tournament showing symptoms of the virus, the press release continues.

The WIAA has been working closely with the State Department of Health both prior to and during the State Basketball Championships and will continue to seek guidance from health experts regarding upcoming spring events.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@federalwaymirror.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.federalwaymirror.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in News

FWPS postpones first day of school to Sept. 8

District is preparing for a possible $22.6M revenue loss due to declining enrollments, reduction in funding.

Fall sports postponed for FWPS middle, high schools

The NPSL recently moved all Season 1 sports into Season 3 beginning in March.

School lunch. File photo
School district distributes thousands of extra meals amid pandemic

Congress hasn’t renewed the program, which provided twice as many student meals for free last spring.

Todd Keeney, president of the Federal Way Washington Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, presents a check towards diapers for FWPS families to Laura Batcheller, ECEAP/Head Start (ESTART) program manager​ of Federal Way Public Schools. Courtesy photo
Local LDS church donates to families of FWPS Early Learning program

The donations included hygiene kits, cleaning supplies, and a six-month supply of diapers for 460 kids, and more.

Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
City of Federal Way to close Steel Lake Park

The park will be closed indefinitely to visitors starting Thursday, Aug. 13.

The Enumclaw Health and Rehabilitation Center, which is located by St. Elizabeth hospital, a senior living community, and a nursing home. File photo
Inslee lifts visitation ban at long-term care facilities

Starting Wednesday, a four-phase plan will allow restrictions at nursing homes to gradually be relaxed.

Olivia Sullivan/staff photo
Upcoming drive-in movies at the PAEC

Free showing of Toy Story 4 at 8:40 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 15

Photo courtesy of Bruce Honda
A sweet success: FWPD drive-thru ice cream social serves more than 1,500 residents

The event, paid for by local businesses, raised about $4,500 for Washington Special Olympics.

Two homes struck by gunfire | Federal Way police blotter

In two separate incidents, officers found evidence of a shooting; no injuries resulted from incidents

Most Read