WCAL Season Update


Riley McNair and Briana Meng

As the last year has made clear an infinite amount of times, we are in a state of chaos. But every once in a while, a little sliver of hope peaks between the storm clouds, and we’re hopeful that maybe some things might go back to normal soon. One such case of this was when the WCAL met to discuss a new schedule for upcoming sports seasons. That plan has quickly been put into action and we’re finally allowed to get athletes to start to train and play in their official seasons. 

For many, this has been the best thing since sliced bread. It has given first season sports in the purple tier– golf, cross country, and tennis– the opportunity to start holding tryouts and official practices. They have all started in the first week of February and are ecstatic for competitions in the future. Not only are the athletics important, but many players have been excited to see their teammates, many of whom they haven’t seen in a year.

Junior tennis player, Jade Murray said, “Teammates are basically my second family” and “I’m excited to have the opportunity to play with them and grow our skills together.” Under head coach Kennedy Davis, a Mitty alumni, the tennis team has been playing season games, most recently against Valley Christian, where they finished with a resounding 7-0 victory. The team practices at the Bay Club, but due to COVID restrictions, they don’t get the facility every day. Nevertheless, Coach Davis has led the team to be very strong this season, with an upcoming match against St. Francis on Wednesday, 3/24.

Within the new revision of an order in the California Department of Public Health, in places with adjusted case rates, sports that are listed to play in the orange tier can actually play in the red and purple tier. This allows the football and water polo teams to start competitions while still in the red tier. Sports that are quickly following in their footsteps are softball, baseball, swimming and diving, and lacrosse–which all have already started tryouts and ready for competitions. The March 4 California Department of Public Health order resulted in sports such as basketball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, and badminton returning to action. This revised order requires that student-athletes as well as coaches be tested for COVID-19 weekly and continue to wear masks while competing and practicing.

Meanwhile, the women’s volleyball team has begun its season which will span from March 19 to March 31. Junior Amy Veargason says, “It’s so refreshing finally being back on campus and playing indoors after months of trying to find touches by myself. Although these two weeks are going to fly by, I’m looking forward to getting back on my grind and working hard with my team.” 

Spectators are limited. However, you can tune into the AMHS Live YouTube channel to watch live streams of current games.