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Return of highschool sports at Webb

Laura Haushalter
Webb Football participates in a socially distanced practice on Faculty Field. Players stand more than six feet apart with masks on.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, high school sports throughout the country were put on hold.  

Nearly a year later, California Governor Newson allowed outdoor high school sports to resume all throughout California, but with many restrictions. 

High contact sports, such as water polo and football, require athletes to be tested for COVID-19 at least once a week.  

On the other hand, sports with moderate to no contact at all are not required to be tested in order to play. 

Webb has implemented and followed strict protocols during the pandemic. 

All student athletes, coaches, and faculty members are required to fill out a daily questionnaire, which asks if they have traveled or have had symptoms. Along with that, Webb has been testing those who are on campus twice a week, which ensures that everyone is protected and safe. 

For high contact sports such as football, students must present a negative COVID-19 test to be ruled eligible to play. Although this is a great idea to keep students safe, many people have been worried if this would cease the opponent’s opportunity to play.  

Well, I think that’s it’s really unfortunate that they will not get even a shortened season. I know for a fact that all these student athletes have been training hard for when the opportunity presented itself and for it to not happen is disappointing,” Daniel Serna (‘23) said. 

Unlike Webb, opposing schools may not have the funding and accessibility to test their students on a weekly basis. So, if the opposing athlete’s school is unable to provide COVID-19 tests to them, they are ineligible to play. 

On top of that, Webb has decided that if a student athlete is playing a sport outside of Webb, they are ruled ineligible to play. 

Typically, when a student athlete is playing on a club team outside of Webb, they tend to travel to different states and counties to play. The travelling distance often contradicts the CDC’s recommendations 

Also, masks are always required while the students are playing their sports, unless it is a high contact sport. For example, if a student plays football, when they are on the sideline, their mask must be worn; they are on the field, the student can take it off. 

Students must also practice social distancing, maintaining a six-foot difference from one another. 

Schools in counties with case rates at or below 14 per 100,000 are eligible to play, even if the county is in the red or purple tier. 

Students and parents have voiced their concerns if it is safe to play high school sports at this time, but many argue it is safe. 

“In all matters concerning science (i.e., viruses, vaccines, and vacations), I rely on scientists! Coach Thomas said. If the governor of California, LA County and CIF all agree, based on the recommendations of the CDC that it is safe to play sports, I have to trust in them just as I did when they said it was not safe to do so.” 

Although the sports seasons will be extremely abbreviated this year, many students and coaches are excited to play not just for the fun of it, but also for mental health reasons. 

I am excited for the return of high school sports,” Maksym Graham (‘23) said.I think they’re a core part of the high school experience and I found a lot of enjoyment in forming relationships with all my teammates.”  

Since the beginning of the Pandemic, lockdowns and restrictions have caused gatherings with friends to become impossible. 

This isolation raised concerns for many parents and students, as mental health has been on a decline to the restrictions and lockdowns. 

By allowing sports to resume, many argue that mental health issues, such as depression, will decrease significantly. 

According to a 2020 study by Dr. Ramaya Dwivedi:

Graph comparing depression amongst students who did play fall sports versus who did not play a fall sport. (Dr. Ramya Dwivedi, News Medical Life Sciences )

“I am ecstatic to not only see the players that I coach daily, but also be a part of them getting better every day on and off the field physically, mentally and emotionally,” Coach Thomas said. 

By allowing student athletes to play and bond with friends safely, their mental health improves significantly.  

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Bryan Oglesby
Bryan Oglesby, Chief Editor of Sports
Bryan Oglesby (‘23) has made himself known in the world of Webb athletics by being both the captain of the varsity football team and track & field team. His love for sports is intertwined with his love for the Webb Canyon Chronicle, as he takes on a new role this year as the Chief Editor of Sports. Being an athlete has given Bryan many talents such as being able to jump over his leg, do handstands, and do front flips, all in that order. Along with football, Bryan’s favorite hobbies are singing, playing a variety of sports with his family, helping the community, and cooking. Bryan loves cooking his favorite meal, beef Wellington, for himself and his friends at social gatherings or just for fun when he’s hungry. Outside the WCC, Bryan is an avid leader in the community by being a head peer advisor and his role in the Empowering Student Voices Initiative. Bryan also prides himself on being a scholar. His favorite class is LA Literary Culture with Mr. Calvert because it puts LA into a different light and has given him a new perspective on the city he grew up in. Going into his senior year, Bryan hopes to write meaningful articles that will benefit the community as well as staying connected to his family during his last year of high school. He hopes to end his final year at the WCC with a bang.   Favorite song: “Ultralight Beam” by Kanye 
Laura Haushalter
Laura Haushalter, Public Editor
Enthusiastic, positive, determined, and athletic, Laura Haushalter (‘21) uses her passionate attitude to take on many leadership roles: captain of the VWS cross-country and swimming teams; Student Government spirit commissioner; and the Public Editor for the WCC. As the Public Editor, Laura oversees all the social media accounts for the WCC. In addition to normal Editor-in-Chief  responsibilities, she helps the WCC gain more publicity, making sure Webbies stay informed and updated about the latest articles. Laura is extremely passionate about environmental justice and climate change, which is why her favorite class she has taken at Webb is Honors Global Society and Sustainability. In her free time, you can catch Laura watching Friends or Veep, listening to AJR, Beach House, and Cardi B, or running on Thompson Creek Trail. Her goals this year are to make the WCC’s social media accounts more active, and make the most of her last year at Webb.

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