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The Islander Sports Foundation (ISF), which began as a booster club for all high school sports in 1994 and was granted 501(c)(3) nonprofit status becoming ISF in 2004, recently welcomed Jenn Rentschler as president of the foundation. I had an opportunity to chat with Rentschler about stepping into this new role with ISF and the foundation’s goals for the coming year.

Rentschler has been a Coronado resident since 2010. Her two daughters have attended Coronado Middle School (CMS) and Coronado High School (CHS) and participated in sports, both through the schools and in community programs. “Both of my daughters play soccer and softball and have been in Coronado leagues since my youngest was three,” Rentschler recalled. “So I’ve been involved in some form of sports foundations for years and [ISF president] is one I’ve feel I’ve worked up to.”

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The 2021 Islanders Girls Tennis season is nearly upon us. After a year of a mixed/ co-ed Boys and Girls team, tennis will once again go back to its original format of the Girls Team playing in the fall and the Boys Team taking the courts in the spring. While there will be a slew of new faces in green in white this fall, the coach leading the way will stay the same. “I think this season is going to be exciting and full of growth for this team, ” said Head Coach Rob Moore of the Girls Team.

Moore, who is entering his 13th season as the Islanders Women’s Tennis Teams head coach, knows that he will need some players to step up, after losing five seniors to graduation last season, all of whom qualified for the CIF Individual playoffs last May.

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Independence Day Holiday weekend tradition benefits the Islander Sports Foundation

Restaurants are packed again with indoor dining. SeaWorld and the San Diego Zoo are open for business. Baseball fans have returned to Petco Park for the Padres, with no limit on attendance.

After more than a year of masks and restrictions because of COVID-19, life is getting back to normal and nowhere will that be more evident than in Coronado when the Crown City Classic celebrates its 48th anniversary this coming Saturday.

The event, which starts at 7 a.m., marks the first road race in San Diego County since the pandemic.

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In anticipation of more Coronado High School sports activities possibly getting the green light to begin play soon, Coronado High School (CHS) Athletic Director Robin Nixon encourages Coronado athletes to check frequently for announcements about which activities will open and when, as they will be on a sport-by-sport basis with short registration periods.

Nixon works closely with the state’s high school athletics governing body, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF). CIF determines which sports might be next to open abbreviated seasons under

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With area schools and some high school sports and clubs taking cautious steps toward reopening, many students and their parents are relieved, seeing a hopeful glimmer of light at the end of a long, twisting tunnel.

That said, while local public schools set to gradually bring back students for in-person learning, most activities for the pre-teen and tween sets have still not resumed, leaving many moms, dads, and kids frustrated.

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With COVID-19 still raging throughout California, most traditional sports and social activities have been on hold since last March.

While the cancelation or extreme modification of most recreational activities has helped prevent transmission of COVID, some unfortunate side effects of the isolation are stress, anxiety, and limited physical activity, which can be especially difficult for youth and young adults.

This past fall, under the guidance of new Coronado Middle School Athletic Director Kristen Guymon, a large variety of seasonal camps were offered to Coronado’s sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, which includes other local school and children who are currently being home schooled.

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Many here in Coronado have waited to hear for months when practices and games will regularly resume for Coronado High School sports. And on Jan. 15, that question was answered, at least for some sports. Islander Sports Foundation (ISF) and Athletic Director Robin Nixon announced that at the start of February, Co-ed Cross Country, Girls Golf, Boys Golf, Co-ed Swim, Co-ed Tennis, and Co-ed Track & Field would be allowed to resume normal practices.

This local announcement came following the announcement of the California Interscholastic Foundation (CIF) COVID-19 tier list came out showing which teams would be allowed to practice in each tier. While these sports are being allowed, there will still be no competitions/games allowed until San Diego county is taken off the stay at home order.

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On Monday, Dec. 14, the Islander Sports Foundation announced its opening for its Winter 2021 Sports Camps, which included: Football, Men’s and Women’s Soccer, Cross Country, Boys and Girls Basketball, Girl Lacrosse, Girls Volleyball, Softball, and Women’s Tennis. These “camps” are small pods where a regulated amount of students can participate and practice together at one time. The camps are intended to help students continue to play and practice their sports while also following social distancing guidelines and COVID-19 guidelines. Registration for the Winter Sports Camps began on Dec. 16 at 8 a.m. and will operate on a first-come, first-serve basis, with each winter camp registration/sign-up fee ranging from $10 to $35. According to the Coronado High School athletic director, Robin Nixon, the sign-up deadline is around the second week of 2021.