Hoopa sports remain on hold; football opener in doubt

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By Ray Hamill — With multiple COVID cases still being reported in the Hoopa Valley, high school sports for the Warriors remain on hold for now.

And that has thrown their football season opener into doubt.

At Tuesday’s H-DNL Board of Managers meeting, Hoopa High vice principal Douglas Becksted told the league that it is “highly unlikely” the Warriors will be able to play on the opening weekend or two of the new season, which is set to kick off on March 19.

There were 12 new COVID cases in the Hoopa Valley on Tuesday and the area must post three straight days of zero new cases before students are being allowed back on campus and prep sports can resume.

This means the Warriors will be unable to compete in Friday’s H-DNL cross country championships in Eureka.

It also means they will not have the mandatory 10 days of practice before a preseason football scrimmage, which had been scheduled for the weekend of March 12/13.

If the school does not re-open by Monday, the Warriors will be unable to have 10 days of practice before their scheduled season opener against Fortuna B on Saturday March 20.

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