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CV spring sports schedules adjusted amid coronavirus concerns

Merced Union High School District has suspended all school events, including athletics, for the remainder of the month to combat the potential spread of coronavirus.

The decision significantly impacts Central Valley High School’s spring sports teams.

The Hawks compete in the same league as MUHSD’s Atwater, Buhach Colony, Merced, Golden Valley and El Capitan.

“It affects us because five member schools that are in the Central California Conference are part of that school district,” CVHS Athletic Director Greg Magni said. “Right now, I’m working on communicating with our parents and athletes to notify them of what’s going on. The whole world is dealing with this. We’re just one piece of the big puzzle. We’ll keep doing what’s best for our students and their families.”

The CCC season got underway last week.

Central Valley’s and Golden Valley’s boys golf, boys tennis and baseball programs were supposed to play today.

An additional 28 contacts between boys golf, boys tennis, baseball, softball, swim and track and field teams from Central Valley and Merced Union schools have been called off.

Ceres High School’s spring sports schedule hasn’t been adjusted.

It would have if CHS had to play fellow Western Athletic Conference members Los Banos or Pacheco today or in the immediate future.

Los Banos Unified School District postponed all of its sporting events until further notice.

The Bulldogs compete in the WAC, along with Los Banos, Pacheco, Beyer, Grace Davis, Johansen, Mountain House and Lathrop.

“No decision has been made,” Bulldogs’ Athletic Director John Bussard said when asked if Ceres High would cancel any of its athletic events because of the coronavirus. “It’s just a matter of time until it happens. We’re waiting to get directions from our school district.”

“We are continuing sports at this time,” Ceres Unified School District Communications Specialist Beth Jimenez said. “We will not be traveling to counties that are restricted. We will continue to monitor developments and observe recommendations from state and local departments of public health.”