Read the Folsom Telegraph article below for comments from the local High School Athletic Directors…
The California Interscholastic Federation on Friday announced that all spring section, regional and state championship events have been cancelled because of the COVID-19.
With school districts previously announcing their closures throughout the rest of the school year, the fate of the spring sports season was sealed. More than 1,000 student-athletes from Oak Ridge High, Folsom and Vista del Lago saw their athletic seasons come to an end after only a handful of competitions, in most cases. For those who are seniors, the cancellation of their final high school season was even more devastating.
The following are comments of the three local high school athletic directors on the issue.
“It’s an unfortunate sign of the times,” said Steve White of Oak Ridge, where more than 500 student-athletes compete in the spring. “I feel sorry for the spring sport athletes and their families that won’t get to experience their season. I feel badly for the seniors not able to finish their high school careers. For many of them, it will be their last opportunity to play in a competitive situation. It’s unfortunate. We have to step up and do the right thing, but I feel badly for the seniors.”
“As an avid sports fan, I hate to see the spring sports have to end for the year so abruptly, but we all understand the need to think about everybody’s health first,” said Folsom High Athletic Director Lisa Finley of the 325 spring sport athletes at her school. “My heart goes out to our seniors and our teams of dedicated athletes and coaches that were working so hard all year long and were making such good progress already in the first month of the spring season. It’s just a time where we need to prioritize safety above all else.”
Said Vista’s Mark Keeton, “This is definitely an unprecedented time, and to say we’re disappointed for our athletes and students is an understatement. Our hearts go out to all of our seniors athletes. In times like this, communities come together with the fortitude to do what is necessary in the moment. Our leadership from the school board, to our district office, to our admin team, teachers, and coaches has been incredible. We have never been so proud to be an Eagle.”