By Ray Hamill — There was discouraging news out of Mendocino and Lake counties on Monday night, with the Coastal Mountain Conference voting to cancel all fall and winter high school sports except cross country, unless the state opens things up immediately.
The Lake County Record Bee reported the news on Tuesday morning, with the decision affecting schools in the North Central League I, II and III, which includes all the schools in Lake and Mendocino counties, with the exception of Ukiah.
Closer to home, meanwhile, the H-DNL is scheduled to return to some sports within the next week, but is still waiting on approval from local health officials.
On Tuesday, California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly spoke to reporters at his weekly press conference and gave the all-clear for sports to return as allowed under the state’s tier system.
Under the purple tier, which Humboldt and Del Norte counties are in, low-contact outdoor sports like cross country, tennis, golf and track and field will be permitted to compete.
A second series of “Let Them Play, CA” rallies are scheduled for Friday, including one in Eureka, as student athletes, coaches and frustrated parents continue to pressure Governor Newsom to allow a full return to youth sports immediately.