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Hoopa High School sports put on hold again

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By Ray Hamill — Hoopa High School sports have been suspended again because of a rising number of COVID cases in the Hoopa Valley.

The district made the decision earlier this week and will re-evaluate the situation on Monday.

Because of the decision, the Warriors were unable to compete in this week’s H-DNL cross country meet at Fortuna, and they may not be able to compete in next weekend’s season-ending league championships in Eureka.

“We’re taking every precaution to keep our kids safe,” Hoopa athletic director Augie Valdez said. “That’s what we have to do right now. It’s unfortunate because our kids were really working hard and having fun.”

The decision also means the Hoopa football team will not be able to begin practice on Monday like the rest of the H-DNL, which in turn means the Warriors will not be permitted to play in a proposed scrimmage in two weeks because they will not have the mandatory 10 days of practice accumulated in time.

If they are not permitted to begin practice sometime next week, their proposed season opener on the weekend of March 20 will also be in doubt.

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