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The turn of the calendar to 2021 hasn’t changed the fact that high school sports in California remains in limbo due to the ongoing public health crisis surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. There is a glimmer of hope that prep sports will begin at some point this year. 

The following is a compilation of reactions from our area’s sports world following certain phases of the COVID-19 restrictions and cancellations that occurred throughout 2020. They were taken directly from published stories in the Appeal and the Colusa County Sun-Herald. 

The safety protocol surrounding an indoor volleyball practice in California these days is complex with lots of rules and regulations in order to keep players and coaches safe from exposure to COVID-19. 

The drop into the most restrictive tier (purple) for the vast majority of the 58 counties across California has forced a delay in any guidance regarding high school sports for the 2020-21 school year.

Arbuckle Golf Club members enjoyed some “good ol’ home cookin’” last weekend in continuing their dominance of the Tri Club Ryder Cup play.

Colusa High volleyball returned to the gym recently to begin preparing its title defense following last year’s Northern Section Division V championship and 30-win season. 

With a lot of disinfectant at its disposal, the Colusa High football team returned to the field for two-day-a-week conditioning practices in preparation for a scheduled seven-game season beginning Jan. 8 at Pierce. 

– Tyler Wells, a two-sport star for Maxwell High 10 years ago, set a season record for most consecutive games with a touchdown pass (13). He also finished among section leaders in season yardage (3,237) in 2011. SJ Brown, a former quarterback out of East Nicolaus, amassed 3,199 yards in 2015…

Thomas Steinhoff kept a firm grip on the Arbuckle Golf Club championship this past weekend.

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Thomas Steinhoff and Nic Weber produced ironman performances last week in the first Arbuckle Golf Club fundraising event to help fight Lou Gehrig’s Disease and to benefit junior golf.

There remains a chance that baseball will not be played in 2020 as Major League Baseball and the Players’ Association continue to lumber through labor strife without haste. While the absence of the sport during these uncertain times is daunting, it’s time to look forward and direct our atten…

In a call with the league’s Board of Governors, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver presented multiple return-to-play scenarios and set a target date of July 31 for a return to games, according to people with knowledge of Friday’s call.

The  National Federation of State High School Associations NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee endorses a three-phase plan as the most effective way to integrate sports back into student life.

Editor’s Note: In a normal year it would be time for spring football camps to be gearing up around the area. This year, however; due to the ongoing public health crisis surrounding coronavirus, many teams are still uncertain about when they can begin working out, and if there will even be a …

Spencer Dinwiddie, the Brooklyn Nets guard who has become one of the most vocal players in the league during the COVID-19 pandemic, tweeted a date – July 15 – that’s been bandied about privately as a possible return date for the NBA.

Kevin Harvick didn’t look the slightest bit rusty after a two-month hiatus from racing. Instead, on Sunday at Darlington Raceway, the Cup Series points leader sailed to his 50th career victory to continue a dominant 2020 campaign. He then exited his car for a quiet celebration.

As the last minutes of last Tuesday’s CIF Northern California Regional Basketball Final ticked away, the realization that there would be no exhilarating comeback for the Pierce Bears this time and that their incredible season was coming to an end began to hit home.

While weather is often a disruptive force during baseball and softball preseason, there isn’t usually an impact due to health-related reasons, but last week a number of teams withdrew from tournament competition due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus. 

Not since the early 1990s has a Colusa County boys basketball team reached the regional finals of the CIF Division V Championship, but with a 54-50 come from behind victory on Saturday night over the No. 5 seed Eastside College Prep, the No. 1 Pierce Bears have done just that and now sit on …

With spring just around the corner, the Colusa County Ducks Youth Shooting Sports team returned to the range last weekend opening the skeet season in Stockton while kicking off the trap series in Rancho Murieta.

In the first softball action of the 2020 season, the Maxwell Panthers registered a victory in their opener with an 11-8 downing of visiting Mt. Shasta in a non-conference game on Feb. 28.

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After a thrilling 54-51 come from behind victory over No. 3 Gridley last Wednesday night in the Northern Section CIF Division IV semifinals, the No. 2 seeded Pierce Bears didn’t quite have enough left in the tank to dethrone reigning champion and No. 1 seed University Prep as they fell 52-44…

At Colusa High School boy’s soccer is more than a sport, it’s a culture carefully cultivated by longtime coach Dan Kiely, who in addition to building a perennially competitive program, has created an extended family of players both past and present.

In the Northern Section Division III girls soccer championship game Last Saturday in Winters, the No. 2 Colusa RedHawks gave it a their all, but for the second year in a succumbed to the No.1 seed and defending champion Warriors by a score of 3-1.

While all four county boys basketball teams were in action in the second round of their corresponding division playoffs, only the Pierce Bears emerged victorious and will advance.

As playoff action began on the pitch last week, both Colusa soccer teams had first-round byes, but in three matches that did transpire, only the Williams boys advanced to the second round, while the Pierce boys and Williams girls were both narrowly defeated.

The Northern Section CIF basketball playoff picture is now clear as the seven of the eight local teams will advance to post-season play after completing league competition last week.

Sacramento Valley League soccer play concluded last week with the Colusa RedHawks boys team laying claim to the to the championship and securing the No. 1 seed in the playoffs while Williams and Pierce will also proceed to the post-season.

In high soccer action, the Colusa boy’s continued to stockpile Sacramento Valley League wins while all the other local teams engaged in competitive matches with mixed results.

Wins by the Pierce boys and Colusa girls highlighted a full slate of basketball games last week for county teams as the regular season draws near the end.

On the pitch last week, the Colusa boy’s soccer team won the week with three triumphs while the Williams boys also had a strong showing earning two wins. However, the rest of the county teams finished with mixed results.

As the midway point of the regular season approaches, local high school boys and girls basketball teams are in the midst of league battles which will ultimately shape the playoff picture.

A little weather did nothing to detract from a full slate of games on the pitch last week as both the boys and girls high school soccer teams clashed in Sacramento Valley League action.