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NCS and county health officials give H-DNL the green light

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Ray Hamill/HumboldtSports.com – Humboldt County health officials have approved the return of high school cross country.

By Ray Hamill — The H-DNL has received official approval from both Humboldt County health officials and the North Coast Section to begin competing in some sports as of Monday.

Based on the most recent state guidelines, various youth sports are now being allowed to resume depending on the COVID tier each county finds itself in, as long as they are also approved by local health officials.

On Friday, league commissioner Jack Lakin announced that the league has been given the go-ahead by Humboldt County health officials for three sports allowed under the purple or most restricted tier — cross country, girls golf and boys tennis.

Lakin added that is expecting to hear from Del Norte health officials in the coming days. Both counties, like most of the state, are in the purple tier.

The Southern Trinity cross country runners will only be allowed to compete if they get the go-ahead from their county health officials.

Trinity County is one of the few counties in the state in the red or second least restricted tier.

Last week, the H-DNL approved a calendar that would see two five-week seasons running from Feb. 1 to April 9, beginning with cross country, girls golf and boys tennis, and following with track and field, boys golf and girls tennis.

All of these sports are allowed under the purple tier.

The schedules for the first of those two seasons are being finalized now that they have been given the all-clear, with unique specifics for each sport this year because of COVID-19 restrictions.

But the good news is high school competition is expected to finally return in some form within the next 10 days or so after being shut down for almost 11 months.

For tennis, only singles play will be allowed until we reach the red tier.

Golf will feature a shot gun start with foursomes at each hole and masks required at all times.

Cross country will require a staggered start.

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