The girls’ basketball game Dec. 14, 2021, between the Clatskanie Tigers and De La Salle North Knights at Clatskanie was called in favor of the Tigers and ended early, with referees citing De La Salle North Catholic players for being physically aggressive.

Afterwards, the De La Salle North players complained they had been the targets of racist slurs.

“Respect and dignity was not shown to our young athletes and coaching staff,” De La Salle North Catholic President Oscar Leong wrote in a statement to The Oregonian/OregonLive after the game.

Last month the Oregon School Activities Association ruled in favor of the Knights, saying it was “more likely than not” that the Clatskanie girls used racist language against De La Salle North players. Clatskanie High School has been placed on probation until at least February 2023 and must take actions to ensure similar incidents don’t happen in the future.

“Although this has been very traumatic for our girls, coaches and community, I do believe a whole lot of good has come out of it that will positively impact student athletes of color in the short- and long-term future in the State of Oregon,” Leong said in a statement released after the ruling. “New and very meaningful protocols for all high school sports, game officials and how future incidents are handled have been created from this specific incident.”

Leong thanked the OSAA and its investigation, saying “the voices of our girls, coaches and community were heard and validated.”

Clatskanie’s requirements to end its probation include the girls basketball team players and coaches having to engage with equity and inclusion training. Signage at events and a message from the public address announcer will promote sportsmanship and anti-harassment.