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Sports face an unpredictable future at Webb and other schools


With a new season of Webb sports still up in the air, coaches and players are left undecided as to how they should prepare 

Given the uncertainty of the pandemic, schools and students across California are anxious as to when institutions will reopen. As it has been over eight months since the onslaught of the coronavirus, students have been very optimistic to return, and one important step is resuming sports practices.  

According to The National Federation of State High School Associations, students are permitted to compete if they wear masks and maintain social distancing guidelines according to the CDC. They should travel separately while on their way to games, as opposed to driving on a bus, to limit student contact. 

While these guidelines only limit the contact between students, they do not eliminate risk entirely. Common school sports such as football, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and soccer, to name a few, tend to see students sharing equipment as a potential source of viral transmission. For example, football or basketball players who compete on a small court or field can only train and condition instead of competing.  

Here at Webb, sports for the fall season have been effectively postponed due to the Coronavirus; a possible second wave of the virus challenges Webb’s goal of bringing students back safely.  

“Covid has definitely complicated high school sports, especially mine,” said Aiden Hall (‘24), a student at Summit High School. We had started in person practice about a month ago, only to be shut down again.”  

This has not stopped students from practicing on their own, however, as some students share a positive outlook for Webb sports when the school returns.  

“Since Webb hasn’t been having in person practices due to Covid-19, I’ve been working out at home and with a few of my teammates,” Jake Baiz (‘21) said. This season means a lot to me since it’s my last season, and I want to show out as best as I can for my school.”  

With speculation of Webb sports practices starting as early as December, many students worry about the consequences of having to practice while also maintaining CDC guidelines. This creates doubt towards the future of competitions since the chances of having a competitive season against other schools are slim to none.        

On the other hand, many believe that Webb would be able to effectively create a safe environment for students to practice their sports 

“I do feel our school is prepared to start sports,” Maksym Graham (‘23) said. Many other sports outside of school have already started having games and tournaments which leads me to believe we can too.”  

If Webb practices were to be cancelled, the prospect of schools participating in competitions would be hopeless, as seasons were originally expected to start soon. According to CIF, the regulatory body for interscholastic sports in California, starting dates fall within the months of December 2020 and January 2021.  

This would mean teams would have to meet in an extremely short periods of time, have an efficient practice while following CDC guidelines, and prepare to take on other schools, all within the next month or two.  

“Although we have not had a lot of preparation as a team together, I feel like we would be ready to kick off the season, Maksym said.   

Webb has been cautious to return to inperson practice, and rightly so as COVID-19 cases are spiking. Other schools, however, have adopted a more aggressive policy towards getting back to practice. Sean York (‘23), an athlete at Upland High School, describes his school’s policy towards practicing in midst of a pandemic.   

I think that my school’s done a good job at adjusting to COVID-19,Sean said. We’ve been having practices for I think around a month. Everybody has been social distancing, and all the coaches wear masks as well. While I’m not at school, I’ll either lift weights at my house or work with a few teammates to stay ahead of the game and tackle this season.   

It is important to remember that different counties have different policies when it comes to dealing with the pandemic, which is probably the largest factor that will affect how schools approach their returntoplay policy.  

So, are we ready for a new season of Webb sports? The answer to this question remains to be seen, but at the end of the day, we all need to remember that the health and safety of our players, coaches, and all their families, is, and always will be, our number one priority. It is vitally important to maintain social distancing guidelines, to wear a mask, and to stay in shape, not only for the health of others, but for our own health too.  

The sources mentioned in this article contain useful information regarding the specificities of competitions, conditioning, training that fall under the CDC’s guidelines.  

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George Cardenas
George Cardenas, Editor of News
An avid music listener, George Cardenas (‘23)’s perfect weekend involves a homework-free day at the beach with “Night Boat to Cairo” by Madness blasting in the background. In fact, George considers himself to be a very easy-going, optimistic person, who loves nothing more than relaxing with his friends or experimenting on the piano. Although he does enjoy tranquility, George also works with his fellow members of the WSC honor cabinet to uphold Webb’s Honor Code. George is passionate about staying up to date with current events and wants to continue keeping everyone informed during his time on the Webb Canyon Chronicle. A typical Capricorn, George is disciplined, strategic, and clever— similar to a wolf, his self-proclaimed spirit animal. George looks forward to working on the WCC this year as Co-Editor of News and hopes to write authentic, factually correct articles that enlighten the Webb community. Favorite song: "Tadow" by FKJ and Masego
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 
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Connor Plunkett, Editor of Audiovisual
An expert of the humanities, Connor Plunkett (‘23) returns to the Webb Canyon Chronicle as the Editor of Audiovisual for his final year in the program. While Connor enjoys debating and listening to music — specifically Kanye West and MF Doom — most of his time is dedicated to soccer, a lifelong passion he inherited from his family. Whether he is hanging out with friends or enforcing the Honor Code as the co-chair of the honor committee, Connor’s charismatic personality makes him a standout presence on the Webb campus. Despite preferring challenging humanities classes with historical and literary analysis, Connor’s focus and expertise are the WCC’s media section, contributing to podcasts and vlogs alike. His favorite film is La Heine, and he’s currently reading The Brothers Karamazov, both incredibly intense and sophisticated pieces of media and perfect testaments to Connor’s originality and intellect in his approach to journalism. Connor can’t wait to revive “Austin on The Block” and draw future journalists into the WCC with his magnetic work.   Favorite song: “Devil in a New Dress” by Kanye West 

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