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PHS boys basketball: Blake Ecker

Coach Blake Ecker draws up a play during a road game earlier this season.

I'm back on the job today after spending two days in the hospital with an unforeseen health issue. Although there was a scare involved and lots of sticking with needles and medical bills that my descendants will have to pay off, it's something that I'm going to be able to get through.

I'm afraid school board news will not be published until the March 7 edition. That's the night when all of this started with my health. During the school board meeting, my stomach started making very loud noises. It was embarrassing, especially for those sitting next to me whom I'm sure could hear all of the digestive commotion.

The meeting wrapped up and I got home at around 10 p.m. About a half-hour later, I was in the emergency room. The HIPAA law doesn't allow me to share with you the health issue (just kidding, it was something called colonic diverticulosis and involved a colonoscopy to fix the problem. The news could've been much worse, so it's all good).

One of the biggest disappointments was not being able to go to the basketball game Saturday. As many of you probably know, the part of this job I enjoy the most is covering Philomath High sports. Of course, the Warriors had a big game against North Valley and could advance to state with a victory. I was very happy to see on the OSAA website last night that Philomath had indeed won. I hope to be able to cover them at state so good luck to Blake Ecker and his crew and players on reaching that goal.

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