H-DNL to address spring sports schedules on Wednesday

By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt-Del Norte League will discuss potential adjustments to the spring sports schedules amid the COVID-19 crisis on Wednesday.

The league discussion will be held one day after the 10 section commissioners in the state meet with the CIF, and after earlier suggesting they would allow individual schools and school districts authority over the scheduling and rescheduling of regular-season contests, it now appears that may no longer be the case.

North Coast Section commissioner Pat Cruickshank told the H-DNL that “I think everything will be on the table when CIF and section commissioners meet. Cancel, push back, etc.”

On Sunday afternoon, St. Bernard’s became the first local school to shut down its sports indefinitely, and also announced it will be closed for face-to-face instruction for the next two weeks with all classes switching to remote learning.

On Saturday evening, the Northern Humboldt Union High School District announced Arcata and McKinleyville high schools will be closed this week.

The H-DNL does have some leeway in regard to scheduling, with extra weeks built into the league schedules where there are no events scheduled.

There is also the possibility of canceling the baseball and softball league tournaments, which would free up an additional week.

“We could conceivably delay the start of baseball and softball, and pause track/golf for extended periods of time,” league commissioner Jack Lakin said in a press release on Sunday.

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