With college and professional sports throughout the country canceled or delayed to slow the spread of coronavirus, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are also being felt strongly in Siskiyou County high schools.

With college and professional sports throughout the country canceled or delayed to slow the spread of coronavirus, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic are also being felt strongly in Siskiyou County high schools.

The CIF canceled the State Basketball Tournament in Sacramento, and the rest of the state’s high school spring sports schedule is still up in the air.

In a statement Thursday night, Northern Section Commissioner Elizabeth Kyle said that the 10 CIF Section Commissioners will be meeting on Tuesday to discuss the possible impact of Covid-19 on the upcoming spring season.

“Currently, until you hear differently from CIF, you should operate based on your district’s recommendations/decisions,” Kyle said in the statement. The NSCIF is the section all high schools in Siskiyou County compete under.

The Siskiyou Union High School District, which includes McCloud, Happy Camp, Mount Shasta, and Weed high schools, announced Friday morning that they had suspended all travel and games through March 31. The district said they are also looking to the Tuesday CIF meeting for additional guidance.

This includes the Mount Shasta Bears baseball team, which was scheduled to compete at a tournament in Colusa Friday and Saturday, and the Lady Bears softball team who were planning to compete at the College of the Siskiyous in Weed over the weekend. Weed High School also called off games scheduled for Friday and Saturday.

Mount Shasta High School Athletic Director Jerry Oldham said he understands why these measures need to be taken during a worldwide crisis.

“I think it’s important that we do have these safety protocols in place since this can seriously affect our community,” Oldham said. “I’m still hoping it’s temporary. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

At Yreka High School, the Miners varsity baseball team went ahead to play in the Oroville tournament. On Friday, the YHS varsity softball team was at a tournament in Anderson that was originally canceled Thursday but was reinstated that evening. Both tournaments are scheduled to conclude Saturday.

YHS is also waiting for word from the CIF meeting before they make any further decisions on how to move forward.

With the governor's guideline of canceling events with more than 250 in attendance, there will be no track and field competitions until further notice. YHS teams did not have a meet scheduled until March 20. As of late Friday morning, no cases of Covid-19 have officially been reported in Siskiyou County.

YHS athletic director Ken Dysert said the school is working closely with the school district and the county public health department, adding that the situation is fluid.

"Things can change hour to hour ... We're in a holding pattern right now."

And although students are disappointed about the potential of sporting events being delayed, canceled or called off, Dysert said they need to understand the importance of taking necessary precautions.

"We don't know the severity of it and we have to do our part," Dysert said. That's where we are at right now."

Etna High School Athletic Director Tracy Dickinson said that the Lions varsity baseball team competed in a tournament in Oroville Thursday but had no games scheduled Friday. The team was back home in Etna Friday morning but tentatively plans to play in the Oroville Tournament on Saturday.

The Lady Lions softball team was scheduled to at the Anderson tournament, but after some confusion about whether or not it was taking place, the team decided not to attend.

Friday morning, Dunsmuir High School’s superintendent/principal/athletic director Ray Kellar announced in a statement that the school will be “suspending all spring athletics until further notice.”

“Although to date there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Siskiyou County, at this point, I think it is better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to the possible health risks of our students and athletes,” Kellar said in the statement.

With so much uncertainty swirling, Oldham said that students at MSHS are worried about what is happening in the world. Student athletes, especially the seniors, are anxious and concerned if the season will continue. His goal, he said, is to be a positive support system for his students during this trying time.

While games are off in the immediate future, practices are still taking place, Oldham said. He believes this is a positive outlet for the athletes as they await word on their future of their season.

Dickinson said feelings are similar at Etna High School – students are anxious and concerned. She said senior athletes are concerned that they may not have the opportunity to finish their final year of sports.

“A lot of them are worried and are wondering, ‘Is this really happening?’” she said.

In neighboring school districts that compete against Siskiyou County schools, the Modoc School District announced that travel for sporting events and field trips had been postponed until at least March 31. At Trinity High School in Weaverville, travel and participation in all athletic contests through at least March 22 has been suspended.