Friday night as Claremont High School senior running back, Isaiah Love, sprinted down the sidelines after catching a pass from quarterback Ricky Murillo, it was like time stood still just for that moment. And in that one simple pass play, all of the frustrations and constant disappointments brought on by the pandemic disappeared.
As Claremont High School sports gradually returns to competition, a cautionary tale of the continued threat posed by the coronavirus emerged last week when CHS Principal Brett O’Connor reported that an outbreak had occurred among the boys water polo team.
In a letter sent to parents March 10, Mr. O’Connor said there were “confirmed cases” involving both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
Claremont High School sophomore Caden Campuzano crosses the goal line to score the Wolfpack’s first touchdown Friday night at CHS. The Pack went on to blank the visiting Chino Hills Huskies 28-0 in their season opening matchup. The coronavirus pandemic delayed the start of football by eight months but Claremont certainly started the season off right. COURIER photo/Steven Felschndneff
With the pandemic slowly receding and coronavirus case rates dropping, the Claremont High School varsity baseball team was back in full swing this week. Varsity Baseball Coach Charlie Reynoso, who is also a 1983 CHS alumnus, said the team is really excited to play again. “I think playing [baseball] in itself is an accomplishment,” Coach Reynoso said.
To paraphrase Prince’s tune “Nothing Compares 2 U,” it’s been 10 months and eight days since they took the sports away. But this Saturday the pandemic hiatus is set to end when the Claremont High School cross country team travels to Ayala for a dual meet. Maybe.
As of Wednesday evening, the approval for the meet had not been finalized. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff
The executive board of the California Interscholastic Federation issued a statement this week announcing that the California Department of Public Health has given the go ahead for high school sports competition to resume on January 25, 2021. The statement also includes detailed guidelines for each sport to return to play in the safest way possible.
The deteriorating situation related to the spread of the coronavirus in the state has now reached our local high school sports, with the California Interscholastic Federation announcing Tuesday that all regional and state championships for fall sports would be called off.
Claremont High School’s football coach, Shane Hile, wants to get a custom tee shirt made—on the front it will say “keep eight feet apart,” and on the back “wipe everything down.”
Such are the new mantras of a coach trying to organize an orderly practice during the pandemic while keeping his team healthy and safe.
“We play it eight feet apart instead of six,” Coach Hile said. “We have spray bottles and towels out there. Every time somebody uses a bar they spray and wipe it down. Safety obviously is the biggest priority right now.”
The city’s human services department has witnessed a surge in the usage of both tennis and pickleball courts over the last few weeks. This surge is most likely attributed to the recent closure of the Claremont Club and the desire of the community to get outdoors and exercise.
With the coronavirus showing no signs of abating and the beginning of fall sports for thousands of high School athletes just a few weeks away, the California Interscholastic Federation announced Monday the season will be delayed until December. The CIF’s decision came as no surprise after last Friday’s announcement from the Los Angels County Department of Public Health. School districts cannot resume in-person classes for the upcoming fall semester.
Sports is in the news. Not who won the game or scored the most, but whether sports can return to form during the middle of a pandemic. With the NBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, college and high schools all looking to try and start their seasons, many wonder if it could—or should—happen at all. But that won't stop teams who need to practice, even if the future is murky. Here's a an aerial perspective from CHS one late afternoon.
The California Interscholastic Federation announced last week that it will make a decision about the future of fall high school sports on July 20. In a news release sent out on Friday, CIF officials said that several options were being considered, but they remain committed to holding fall, winter and spring sporting competitions. The biggest concern for most coaches and athletes is the ever shrinking time for pre-season conditioning as the stay-at-home order keeps facilities including locker and weight rooms closed.
“Senior night” is a tradition in high school sports where graduating athletes are honored during the final regular season home game. Under normal circumstances, seniors collect at center court (or field) to be presented with a small token, perhaps some flowers, while their sporting resume is read aloud. However, when all spring sports were cancelled due to the coronavirus, “senior night” was another lost moment for the class of 2020. COURIER photo/Steven Felschundneff