As highschool soccer season hangs within the stability, Cienega cancels practices, conferences – Arizona Each day Star


However, Pima County’s recommendations are just that. Health department director Dr. Theresa Cullen on Friday said that decisions to play sports “are appropriately and ultimately made by school boards and superintendents for each district,” but that the health department is obliged to provide consultation to public schools.

Health department officials and district superintendents met Friday afternoon to discuss whether a season should proceed.

For now, Pima County’s public schools are scheduled to open their seasons on Oct. 30. One of the two local schools already playing football, Salpointe Catholic, is in the middle of a two-week quarantine after one player tested positive for the coronavirus.

“This is the situation we are looking to avoid,” Cullen said.

The health department’s recommendation, detailed in a memo, sent football coaches, players and their families scrambling. Nugent was playing golf at Arizona National on Thursday when his phone rang. Hours later, the coach told his players and assistant coaches that all football activity would be suspended indefinitely.

Nugent was especially irritated because six-game schedules had already been released. Players and coaches had a goal in sight.

“Our kids were going out and busting their butts every day and it was hard for us to move forward. ‘What can you put in? What offense can you put in a game? When are we going to play?,’” he said. “That was the hard part, we didn’t know when we were going to play, yet the kids always believed.”



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