Local high school sports look likely to continue for now


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By Ray Hamill — H-DNL sports look likely to continue for now, with no directive expected from the California Interscholastic Federation in regard to regular-season scheduling.

The CIF announced on Thursday that the 10 state commissioners will meet on Tuesday to discuss the possible impact COVID-19 will have on the spring sports high school seasons, but clarified on Friday that they will only be discussing how it all may affect the postseason scheduling and that individual schools and school districts will have authority over the scheduling and rescheduling of regular-season contests.

And for now the H-DNL will be leaving the decision on whether to compete or not up to the individual schools.

At the league level, H-DNL sporting contests generally fall below the 250 participant level established by the state for outdoor gatherings and feature adequate levels of “social distancing” for those in attendance.

“Each individual school will be making their own decision on what is the best course of action for their school community,” league commissioner Jack Lakin said. “And as conditions change, the H-DNL schools will collectively make a decision on the best course of action for the league.”

The commissioner further said that spring sports schedules won’t be affected until schools start to close for extended periods, which will dictate how many teams are available to compete.

A track and field meet scheduled for this weekend at McKinleyville High was canceled amid the concerns over COVID-19, as well as several baseball and softball games, due to travel restrictions on teams traveling from down south.

Local teams, however, will be playing each other on Monday, with games scheduled in baseball and softball.

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