As has been often said over the past several days, as a nation we’re in unchartered waters due to the presence of the COVID-19 virus. In the sports world, once Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert was diagnosed with the virus, it set off a chain reaction which has resulted in the shutdown of virtually all sports. Once the NCAA called off the Men’s Division I Basketball Championships, it hit home to me that the next couple of months were going to be unlike anything the sports world has seen.
With the closing of schools nationwide, high school sports programs, including obviously Coronado High School have been impacted. In the 2020 Spring Season several Islander teams were looking capable of competing at a playoff or perhaps even championship level. The Islander Girls Lacrosse Team has dominated their three opponents, including Helix, Cathedral Catholic and Rancho Bernardo by a cumulative score of 48-11. The Islander Boys Golf Team combined to shoot a round of 189 last week the lowest in the last five seasons and the lowest I can remember posted by a Coronado squad. And the Boys Volleyball Team is 8-3, and off to their best start in memory.
Coronado’s teams are universally well-coached and tend to improve as the season progresses. The Boys Lacrosse Team is 1-2, with a strong and talented cast, who were sure to improve. The Islander Baseball Team lost their first three games of the season to teams, all of which would have qualified for the CIF Open Division Playoffs. Coronado won their last four games to run their record to 4-3, including a win over a tough Bonita Vista team. Islander Track Coach George Green has a talented cadre of Girl distance runners who are more than capable of good results. As the late author Kurt Vonnegut was given to say, “And so it goes.”
As of now, coaches in all sports cannot be in contact with their team until school re-opens, hopefully April 6, but there are certainly no guarantees that date will hold. No captain’s workouts, or prescribed workouts from coaches are permitted. Another issue will be scheduling, a topic brought up by Islander Golf Head Coach Stuart Gordon, who said, “Some of the schools are out until April 17 and some until April 20. The CIF Golf Tournament starts in May.”
Hopefully there will be some season left to play this Spring. In the meantime, there are updates from several of the teams which competed last week.