Thirteen long months removed from any kind of high school postseason competition, the California Interscholastic Federation’s largest section, the Southern Section, announced last week that it will hold playoffs and championships for spring sports.
With less travel restrictions, coronavirus cases plummeting across Southern California — once the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic — and more residents being vaccinated, the Southern Section will move forward with playoffs for basketball, baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, tennis, boys’ volleyball and boys’ and girls’ dual meet wrestling.
“We have our eyes on the prize and what we want to try to do,” CIF-SS Commissioner Rob Wigod said during a press conference last week. “So give us a chance to do it. I assure you and promise you we’re giving every effort we can give so that we can make this happen.”
Southern Section officials are also hopeful of having individual championships for swimming and diving, golf, tennis and track and field. They are working with various county health departments to secure approvals to hold the events and looking for venues. Continue reading “CIF Southern Section to Conduct Spring Playoffs”
With fall sports soon coming to a close under the California Interscholastic Federation’s revised calendar, the question now is whether the second season of athletics will have a postseason. Los Angeles County updated its Reopening Protocol for Youth and Adult Sports Leagues to align with the California Department of Public Health’s guidelines, which permits indoor sports such as basketball and volleyball to resume practice and competition inside a gymnasium. Doors must remain open during activities and no spectators are allowed. Each school must test players and coaches weekly for COVID-19.
Athletes and coaches throughout Los Angeles County finally heard the announcement they have been waiting for: High school athletics are officially a go. L.A. Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced Wednesday that the county would update its Protocols for Youth and Adult Sports League to align with the state’s guidelines, allowing outdoor sports to begin practice and competition this week. It has been 11 months since an official high school game was played in L.A. County. Schools closed their doors last March to minimize the spread of COVID-19, and public health officials did not allow any competition or practice of any kind.
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy and St. Francis High School cross-country teams participated in Mission League dual meets last Saturday, marking the official beginning to the much-delayed fall season.
Other schools will certainly follow suit after Los Angeles County gave the green light for schools to host inter-team competitions for cross-country, swimming, tennis, and track and field as long as students and coaches adhere to health and safety guidelines.
The Tologs traveled to Sherman Oaks to face Notre Dame High School and fell to the Knights, 24-31. Izzy Mozillo of FSHA led all runners in the three-mile course with a time of 21 minutes, 51.5 seconds. Teammate Annie Ramirez finished fifth with a time of 23:49.9 and Emily Wong wasn’t far behind to place sixth with a time of 24:47.1. Eva Lopez finished in 25:13.2 to place ninth, Morgan Birkett was 10th with a time of 25:23.3, Bridget Byrne crossed the finish line in 26:50.6 to place 11th, Josie Perkins was 12th with a time of 27:38.4, Abigail Blea finished in 27:44.1 for 13th place and Campbell Buffington placed 16th with a time of 29:36.8.
d off [during the winter surge of COVID-19 cases]. There’s always that nervousness in the first race, but once the girls ran, they just had a good time. It was really nice to see them run.” Continue reading “FSHA, St. Francis Cross-Country Teams Are Running Again”
Local parents and students were at Hahamongna Park on Tuesday to witness the first La Cañada High School athletic event in 11 months, and more competitions are certainly to come.
The school hosted a Rio Hondo League time trial for cross-country runners from South Pasadena and La Cañada. San Marino, Pasadena Blair and Monrovia will participate in the 3-mile run Thursday afternoon. Each school was designated a time to avoid large groups of athletes running at the same time.
LCHS junior varsity cheerleaders created signs supporting all runners, and members of the varsity cheer squad cheered for the athletes crossing the finish line. Continue reading “LCHS Athletes Back in Action After 11-Month Hiatus”
The California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section announced on Tuesday the cancellation of fall playoffs and championships for football, cross-country, girls’ volleyball and water polo due to restrictions from the California Department of Public Health brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic. “The reason we had to do so is we just have not made enough progress for our fall sports to even begin,” Commissioner Rob Wigod said in a teleconference on Tuesday. “That’s so disappointing and, I know, very, very, very hard for student-athletes and all those involved.” The decision allows member schools to schedule more regular-season contests through the end date for each sport, if and when public health conditions permit competition. Football can play through April 17, cross-country runs until March 27, and the final day of competition for girls’ volleyball and water polo is March 20.