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Eagles left disappointed as county denies request to play games

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Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Eagles players Cameron Saso and Branson Gans at a recent practice.

By Ray Hamill — The Humboldt Eagles players were left disappointed on Thursday evening, when they were denied the opportunity to play games this weekend.

Three months since the last organized sports were played here on the North Coast, all three Eagles American Legion baseball teams had hoped for a return to action this weekend, with Sac State head coach Reggie Christiansen — a Ferndale native — ready to travel to Eureka with three squads.

The Eagles, however, were informed by county officials during their practice on Thursday that the games have not been given the go-ahead.

“The Eagles submitted the paperwork to the county like everybody has to, and we were notified that youth sports have not been cleared yet,” Eagles 19U head coach Matt Tomlin said.

California is seeing a gradual return to sports as we move further into phase three of the state’s reopening plan, but local health officials are not ready to allow games to go ahead yet.

And that was not what the players were hoping to hear.

“The players were left disappointed,” Tomlin said. “We’re going on three months now and at some point I hope the health officer takes into account the mental health of these kids.”

The last game to be played here on the North Coast was back on March 11, and most of the Eagles players have not played at all this year because of the concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Tomlin, however, is hoping to get the all-clear next week, with another Sacramento team lined up to make the trip to Eureka.

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