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Youth hoop tournament generates fan enthusaism and packed Ontario hotels even as the Covid pandemic continues

Covid continues to linger in Oregon and Idaho but a youth sports basketball event in New Plymouth helped boost business for local hotels last weekend. (The Enterprise/File).

ONTARIO – A youth club basketball tournament in New Plymouth last weekend injected some needed revenue into Ontario’s economy and more is coming.

Three hotels contacted by the Malheur Enterprise last week – The Sleep Inn, Best Western Inn & Suites and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites – reported a large of influx of customers who planned to attend the tournament.

The Best Western Inn & Suites and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites were booked Friday because of the tourney.

“It is definitely been an increase in sales,” said Ashlee Gripton, receptionist at the Holiday Inn.

More than 30 . . .