Sports

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Spartans Heading Back Down South

Posted By on Tue, Oct 13, 2020 at 8:24 PM

The Spartans are heading home tomorrow after a brief stay in Arcata following word from Santa Clara County Public Health that the San Jose State University football team was cleared to practice back in the Bay Area.

According to a Tuesday night news release from Humboldt State University, the 140-member entourage of players, coaches and staff could return if things change on the COVID front in their neck of the woods.

University officials announced Sept. 30 that the campus would be "partnering" with its California State University sister campus to the south to bring the Spartans to town because the team was not cleared at the time to conduct practices at home in Santa Clara County due to COVID restrictions there.

Read more about the arrangement and responses from health officials in the story, “Their Success is Our Success,” by clicking here.

Before and after arriving in Humboldt on Oct. 2, according to HSU, none of the Spartans tested positive for COVID-19. Find out more about that here.

Read the HSU release below.
San José State University’s football team will return to the SJSU campus following its morning practice on Wednesday, Oct. 14.

The news comes as Santa Clara County Public Health announced the team could return to practice at its home field after Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 risk level was downgraded from the red to orange tier — or moderate level.

Note that should Santa Clara County return to the red tier, HSU will consult with Humboldt County Public Health and SJSU about the viability of the team’s return to HSU to proceed safely for practice and/or competition.

Starting Thursday, Oct. 15, faculty, staff, and students will have access to the Redwood Bowl from 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 6 - 9 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The SJSU team arrived Friday, Oct. 2 after testing negative for COVID-19 in Santa Clara County. The team had been in a bubble since July. Two tests in the week after they arrived show no positives among the approximately 140 players, coaches and staff that stayed and practiced on campus. More information about SJSU’s practices is available here.
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Saturday, October 10, 2020

HSU: No Confirmed COVID Cases in San Jose Football Entourage

Posted By on Sat, Oct 10, 2020 at 1:16 PM

The SJSU football team is currently living and practicing at HSU. - SJSU SPARTANS FACEBOOK
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  • The SJSU football team is currently living and practicing at HSU.
None of the San Jose State University football team members who are living and practicing at Humboldt State University came back positive for COVID-19 in three rounds of testing to date, including right before their arrival in Arcata and within 72 hours of setting foot on campus, according to a news release.

A third round of testing was recently completed.

“Testing will continue weekly as long as SJSU remains on campus,” the HSU release states. “The extent of the stay is unknown at this time, as SJSU is working with Santa Clara County Public Health on a plan to return.”

University officials announced Sept. 30 that the campus would be "partnering" with its California State University sister campus to the south to bring the Spartans to town because the team cannot currently conduct practices at home in Santa Clara County due to COVID restrictions there.

Read more about the arrangement and responses from health officials in the story, “Their Success is Our Success,” from this week’s edition by clicking here.

The 135-member SJSU entourage includes players, coaches and staff. According to the release, SJSU students are not supposed to leave the campus “unsupervised.”

Read the full HSU release below:

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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

After COVID Restricts Contact Sports in Santa Clara County, HSU Provides Space for San Jose State University Football Team to Practice

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 at 5:51 PM

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According to information from the San Jose State Spartans, football players from the University team will travel north to Humboldt State University to practice football. They are barred from practicing in Santa Clara County because COVID restrictions bar contact sports.

“Approximately 135 players, coaches and essential support staff will travel to Humboldt State. Costs, such as housing and relocating the team north to Arcata, a 323-mile one-way bus trip, will be determined by the number of days the team is headquartered there,” the article reads.

HSU’s football team was disbanded in 2018.

According to the Spartan’s article, “The SJSU team will be housed in Humboldt State’s on-campus housing, and the universities will formulate a plan to allow Spartan student-athletes to utilize spaces to support their operational needs safely while following COVID-19 protocols.”

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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

EOC Taking Applications to Reopen Youth Sports

Posted By on Wed, Aug 26, 2020 at 3:12 PM

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Applications to reopen local youth sports leagues can be filed with the Humboldt County Emergency Operations Center.

Certain restrictions will be placed on which sports can be played and where, according to a news release, which notes that "adult amateur sports are not allowed at this time."

"Youth Sports are allowed only if physical distancing can be maintained at all times and if activities can be conducted in stable cohorts," the release states. "Cohorts are limited to no more than 14 children and no more than two adult coaches or trainers. Sports that cannot maintain physical distance at all times are not allowed, but physically distanced training and conditioning can take place with an EOC-approved plan."

Read the full county release below:


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Monday, August 10, 2020

County Asks State for Clarifications About Youth Sports

Posted By on Mon, Aug 10, 2020 at 4:29 PM

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The county of Humboldt is asking the state’s Department of Public Health and Gov. Gavin Newsom’s office for clarification about recently released guidance on youth sports amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to a news release, key questions were left unanswered and the county’s COVID-19 joint information center has requested more information on “requirements for cohort size, adult supervision and shared food and drink dispensers in addition to requesting clarification on scrimmages.”

“The state describes general risk factors and provides an outline for sports activities, but unlike other industry sectors, Youth Sports lacks specifics that would allow us to set up a process under which people can apply to organize these sorts of activities,” County Health Officer Teresa Frankovich said in the release, noting that keeping children safe whether at school or on the playing field is the No. 1 priority.

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Sunday, July 12, 2020

Former Crab Signs with the Reds

Posted By on Sun, Jul 12, 2020 at 2:41 PM

Oh, the places you'll go, Crabs, go.

CSU Bakersfield junior and former Humboldt Crabs MVP Damian Henderson signed a professional contract with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday. Cue the cowbell.
Damian Henderson - MATT FILAR
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  • Damian Henderson

The Humboldt Crabs gave a shout out to their former teammate on Twitter on Saturday and signed off with hashtag #lifeasacrab. 
We share the sentiment. Congrats, Damian. 
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Monday, June 8, 2020

Bunkered by Bureaucracy, Disc Golf Courses Finally Reopen

Posted By on Mon, Jun 8, 2020 at 3:36 PM

After being closed due to the pandemic since March, Humboldt County’s public disc golf courses began reopening last week. And according to the sport’s local organizers and advocates, it’s been an unexpectedly circuitous route back to these baskets.

A man tees off on the newly reopened Mad River Pump Station 4 disc golf course. - ASHLEY HARRELL
  • Ashley Harrell
  • A man tees off on the newly reopened Mad River Pump Station 4 disc golf course.

   
“I was a bit frustrated,” said Par Infinity Disc Golf Club President Caleb Gribi, who for weeks has been working with county officials to safely reopen the courses. “It was a matter of making sure everybody was covered, legally speaking.”

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Thursday, June 4, 2020

Staff Layoffs, Suspension of Football and Beach Volley Programs at CR

Posted By on Thu, Jun 4, 2020 at 12:33 PM

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Facing a $1.5 million budget shortfall, College of the Redwoods has implemented several cost-cutting measures, including laying off staff and suspending the football and beach volleyball programs, an action related to the redirecting of $475,000 from the Health, Physical Education, Kinesiology, Recreation, Dance and Athletic Department.

In news release today, CR also said it has instituted a districtwide hiring freeze and “frozen discretionary spending across the board.”

“We are facing considerable financial impact as a result of the pandemic. We have had to make several very difficult expenditure reduction decisions over the last few weeks to address our forecasted budget shortfall,” CR President Keith Flamer said in the announcement.

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Monday, June 1, 2020

Frank Cheek, Longtime HSU Coach, Dies at 82, Times-Standard Reports

Posted By on Mon, Jun 1, 2020 at 8:17 PM

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The Times-Standard is reporting that Frank Cheek a longtime coach has died at the age of 82.

Read the full story here.  
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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Batter Up! A Youth Team Holds Tryouts During the COVID Crisis

Posted By on Sun, May 24, 2020 at 4:46 PM



All photos and video by Mark McKenna

As summer approaches in the time of the COVID crisis, coaches and athletes look for new ways to practice the sports they love. On Wednesday, about 50 hopeful youths showed up throughout a series of tryouts spaced in intervals at Redwood Fields in Cutten. They hope to be chosen for the Humboldt Eagles baseball team – the first local youth team to begin activities after the spread of the pandemic forced sports to go on hiatus.

As each session progressed, the youth spread out to work in groups of six. As they practiced, the crisp smack of the bat, the thud of a mitt closing over a fast ball mixed with the muffled voices of coaches shouting through cloth echoed both traditional tryouts and highlighted the new reality where young and old were required to wear masks when they arrive and when they are close to each other.

Normally, youth trying out for baseball teams is as American and uncontroversial as apple pie but, in the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, restarting the sport is cause for debate. On the one hand, the NCAA has voted to approve allowing some sports to begin on college campuses June 1. On the other, Dr. Anthony Fauci – director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), advisor to the Trump administration, and passionate Washington Nationals fan – has urged caution and using a strategy of testing and isolating athletes to make sure the novel coronavirus does not spread among teams and to families.

Fauci noted though, “I hope that there’s some form of baseball this summer, even if it’s just for TV… I feel that strongly, one, because I’m an avid baseball fan but also because it’s for the country’s mental health to have the great American pastime be seen.”

However, Fauci is mostly addressing professional teams, not student athletes with families that they return home to. And youth leagues, unlike professional teams, do not have the money for extensive testing.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released some guidelines last week. The guidelines caution, “The more people a child or coach interacts with, the closer the physical interaction, the more sharing of equipment there is by multiple players, and the longer that interaction, the higher the risk of COVID-19 spread.”

On April 19, Humboldt County Sheriff Billy Honsal said, “[We] will follow up with [sports teams who restart] and make sure that they are following the guidelines as outlined by California Department of Public health and our local health officer.”

Zack Anderson warms up with fellow potential team mates. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Zack Anderson warms up with fellow potential team mates.
St. Bernard’s pitcher Nick Dugan throws the ball during warm ups. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • St. Bernard’s pitcher Nick Dugan throws the ball during warm ups.
An Eagles hopeful fields a grounder during assessments at Redwood Fields. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • An Eagles hopeful fields a grounder during assessments at Redwood Fields.
Coach Dan Joyner catches an incoming ball. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Coach Dan Joyner catches an incoming ball.
Coach Dan Joyner hits a grounder to the infield during the first day of practice. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Coach Dan Joyner hits a grounder to the infield during the first day of practice.
Humboldt Eagles board member Jim Pastori instructs pitcher Hayden Bode to release the ball lower. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • Humboldt Eagles board member Jim Pastori instructs pitcher Hayden Bode to release the ball lower.
If people want to become sponsors they can call  707-267-8111 or visit humboldteagles.com and click on the about tab. - MARK MCKENNA
  • Mark McKenna
  • If people want to become sponsors they can call 707-267-8111 or visit humboldteagles.com and click on the about tab.

Neither of the other two local American Legion teams are holding tryouts at this time. Reportedly they will reevaluate in early June.
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