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Orthodox Jewish school forfeits tournament game

YAKIMA, Wash. — A small Orthodox Jewish school forfeited a consolation game in a Washington state high school basketball tournament so players could safely observe a religious fast.

Northwest Yeshivam elected to forfeit the game Thursday rather than break the "Fast of Esther," one of five fasts on the Jewish calendar that prohibits eating or drinking anything until nightfall.

School officials said the risk to players not able to rehydrate during the game was unacceptable.

The on-court formalities were brief.

Northwest Yeshiva players, led by coach Jed Davis, shook hands with opposing players and coaches, huddled at their opponent's free-throw line, had a quick cheer, hugged and walked off the court. One player cried.