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CIF cancels spring sports schedules, championships

As expected, the California Interscholastic Federation on Friday canceled the remainder of the 2020 springs sports calendar and championships as the state and nation grapple with the coronavirus pandemic.

The state’s high school sports governing body on Friday made the announcement after a conference call with executive director Ron Nocetti and its 10 section commissioners.

“The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) does not see an avenue for the spring sports season to continue. As such, in consultation today with the 10 Section Commissioners, the decision has been made to cancel spring Section, Regional, and State Championship events,” the CIF statement read.

Locally, the news was met with sadness, but recognition that it was likely to happen.

Foothill baseball coach Todd Buck said he felt most for the seniors.

“To put in four years of work and not be able to see it all through hurts,” he said. “I texted my guys the past couple of days to stay in touch.”

He pointed to players like Dustin Niles, Luke Lindsey, Steven Nelson and his six others seniors.

“In light of what’s going on, it’s the right decision,” he said. “But you hate to see it end this way for those guys.

“If you think, they’ve had to deal with the Carr Fire, the Camp Fire and now this in the past two-and-a-half years.”

Shasta softball coach Dennis Cahill said the cancellation put a close on what had been a good, but early, start for the Wolves.

“I called my three seniors (Libby Quintana, Destiny Salerno and Dani Mayer) earlier this week and thanked them for all they’ve done for the program,” he said.

The Wolves were 4-2 before play was halted, a win total that matched last year’s full-season win total.

“We’ve struggled the past few years and they stuck it out, kept going and helped the younger girls better,” he said.

Both Cahill and Buck said the decision was the right one based on what’s happening in the state, country and across the world.

“It’s something none of them will ever forget,” Buck said.

Aaron Williams has been involved in the North State sports scene for nearly two decades. He spent eight years as the Sports Editor for the local newspaper and another four more as the voice of high school football on the radio. Williams has coached various sports at the high school level over the past decade, most recently at Shasta High, and is also the public address announcer for the Shasta College football and basketball teams.

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