By Ray Hamill — High school sports are back on in Arizona.
On Tuesday, the Arizona Interscholastic Association Executive Board reversed a decision made just four days ago, voting 5-4 to begin winter sports competition in the state on Jan. 18.
The state of Washington also plans on beginning high school football in the coming weeks.
Meanwhile, California, Nevada and Oregon are each still playing the waiting game as pandemic numbers continue to soar, and they are among only six states to have not not allowed any high school sports since last March.
In addition to Washington, the state of Hawaii also plans to begin football in March.
Here in California, only a few low-contact outdoor sports are expected to begin any time soon.
Also on Tuesday, Humboldt County moved back into the purple or most restricted COVID-19 tier, further limiting the number of sports that will be allowed to return on Jan. 25, providing that tentative start date is not pushed back again.