The Beachwood Athletics Department is forfeiting a girls basketball playoff game against Crestview High School due to the "health and safety concerns" because of the proximity to the train derailment in East Palestine, the school confirmed with News 5 on Saturday.
In a statement released by Athletics Director Ryan Peters, the decision was made in the school's "best interest."
"Crestview High School is located approximately 7 miles from East Palestine," he said. "As a result of the train derailment and reports of toxic/hazardous chemicals and environmental concerns, we felt it was in our best interest to either move the game to a neutral site or forfeit the game."
Earlier this week, Beachwood contacted the Northeast District Athletic Board with their concerns about the game location in an attempt to move it to a neutral site.
As a result, the decision was made by OHSAA that the game would remain at Crestview High School. On Friday, Peters attempted to try and change the site once more but was denied the request.
"Our community extends our sympathies and well wishes to all of the families having to deal with this very difficult situation," he said. "We wish the Crestview Girls Basketball team and coaches all the best in the playoffs."
According to the OHSAA Division III Northeast 1 bracket, the no-contest decision moves No. 4 Crestview to the next round in the playoffs and is slated to play against No. 6 Mentor Lake Catholic. The higher seed hosts, keeping the playoff game in Columbiana County.
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