By Steve Finley
Sports Editor 

Culver City High School Sports Will Look Different in the Fall

 

George Laase

Ayinde Bankole is ready to play a bigger role for the Centaurs in his senior year. Last year, Bankole ran for 394 yds on 40 carries and caught 10 passes for 128 yards.

The coronavirus continues to dictate what's going to happen in sports and life in general and high school sports is no exception. The 2020-2021 season will turn to a different format because of COVID-19.

There will be no fall sports in 2020. Instead of three seasons of high school sports, fall, winter and spring, there will be only two seasons, fall and spring. The fall season will start in December instead of August and September, with the first games being played in December and January. Spring sports will start in February and March and finish in June.

Culver City Athletic Director Tom Salter is just happy that the student athletes at Culver City will have an opportunity to play. "I am glad we are going are going to play full schedules," said Salter during a telephone interview last Tuesday. "The Athletic Directors of the Pioneer, Ocean and Bay Leagues had a Zoom meeting last week and we redid all of the league schedules for the next two seasons. Now we are trying to finish the pre-season schedules."


The main problem with having two seasons instead of three is, which sport will the athletes play. "I think the difficult thing for the players is they are going to have to make tough decisions," said Salter. "Now that they have made three seasons into two it's going to be hard for some athletes to play two sports. For example girls' basketball and track and field will both be in the spring." In the past girls basketball was in the winter season and track and field was a spring sport.

"Another good example of how hard it's going to be for some athletes who play multiple sports is the best girl athlete in the school last year, Sierra Chabola played three sports for four years during the fall, winter and spring," said Salter. "Next season all three of those sports are in the same spring season but all least we are going to have a season."

Here is a breakdown of the seasons and the new league configurations.

2020-2021 FALL SPORTS

Boys/Girls Cross-Country

Field Hockey

11-Man Football

8-Man Football

Gymnastics

Traditional Competitive Cheer

Boys Volleyball

Girls Volleyball

Boys Water Polo

Girls Water Polo

2020-2021 SPRING SPORTS

Badminton

Baseball

Boys/Girls Basketball

Competitive Sport Cheer

Boys/Girls Golf

Boys/Girls Lacrosse

Boys/Girls Soccer

Softball

Boys/Girls Swimming/Diving

Boys Tennis

Girls Tennis

Boys/Girls Track and Field

Boys/Girls Wrestling

George Laase

Junior Kylee Owens is ready to step up this next season as the team's go-to outside hitter.

 

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