What if Christmas doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more! Like a football team on a field and the Dons with a Big Score!
The NBA is aspiring to host a bubble season in Orlando with COVID-19 and a 113 page rule book stuffed with health protocols. College campus are welcoming back their football players, as they slowly gear up for the Fall season. In Iowa things are different for young athletes. Iowa was the first state to resume high school athletic competition since COVID-19 shut down all high school play in mid-March. At least a hundred games are scheduled each day throughout Iowa with most teams playing doubleheaders.
How Much Longer Must We Wait? Please, Santa Don’t Be Late!
What’s clear is that high schools are trying to keep hope alive about resuming high school sports this fall across the country. Teams have started workouts, then stopped, then started again and that’s precisely the kind of situation CIF (the California Interscholastic Federation) has said it wants to avoid. A decision on when the high school sports season might return is expected by July 20. California State high school sports organizations and administrators have never had to work so hard or make tougher decisions. The murky wait-and-see that has gripped high school sports since the start of the mid-March COVID-19 pandemic could get some clarity in the upcoming weeks.
While Visions of Sugar Plums, Touchdowns, Tackles and Victories Danced in their Heads
CIF, (the California Interscholastic Federation) the state’s governing body for high school sports, announced that July 20 is its cut-off date to determine if the season will be altered. “As our member schools begin planning for the reopening of school,” part of the release read, “the CIF, in collaboration with our 10 sections, will be determining by July 20 if fall sports will continue as currently scheduled.” get updates at: www.cifstate.org
There is also Facebook page dedicated to NorCal high school football parents called Allow High School Football in 2020. Facebook parents engage in an intense debate over football. Will the country’s most-watched sport be played this fall? And if so, how? Parents vent their concerns, worries and share different scenarios of the football season roll out: Start in October or January? Play in the Spring? A shortened season? Basically, many parents are feeling it will be a coin flip whether football is played at all. Again, CIF will roll out their sports requirements/recommendations on July 20 and Acalanes will digest and pass guidelines around July 22 or 23.
No Matter What I Get for Christmas Football is All I Really Need!
What will it take for high school football to return to California in 2020? Right now, that’s the million dollar question and every possible scenario is on the table. But what about the players?! What about our Dons?! What are our Dons feeling as they ride the football roller coaster?!
Christmas Don Cheer!
Joey Carrillo #70 is a Senior on Varsity team and is one to watch on the Varsity team this year. He is a force on the Dons line. Joey’s younger brother Trevor is a Don and plays on the Freshman football team. Like a good brother, Joey has been working out with him during the football Covid-19 hiatus to have them both ready for summer football. So, Carrillo never stopped working out, he is in great shape. Yet, the summer heat can be strenuous at practice, but that just adds in a good sweat. MaxPreps notes that Carrillo averages 5.3 sacks per game. As like many Dons, Carrillo is anxious to play football and knock some people around. Adding the last year’s JV team to the Varsity squad is a good thing. Joey confidentially stated, Our class  is already really good and the class of 2022 that we gain is undefeated, this will make a great season.
Victor Nicolasakis is a Sophomore on our JV team. Restricted practices are not ideal, but Victor looks at the positive in it, I am enjoying how I get to leave the house for an hour and get a workout whether it is beneficial for the football season or not. I am always looking to perfect myself and work hard. Workouts are tough but they are getting easier as I work out more and get back into shape. Victor wants to be ready for this season, because he knows it is going to be a great JV season with majority of the Freshman team returning to play football under the leadership of Coach Greg Young. Nicolasakis proudly talks about his team, we are very good, we work hard, we have discipline and know how to execute under a great coaching staff. Victor continues to talk about the Dons coaches, all the coaches at Acalanes at every level and great. They are great and teaching us, and pushing us while still being able to have a conversation and have fun with. They don’t abuse the “coach” power and make it very easy to talk to them and have established and great relationship with their players early in the season.
Anthony Ortale is a Junior on our Varsity football team, he plays Defensive End and Tackle. Ortale is one tough cookie, it is fun to watch Ortale wreck havoc on the opposition, as his mom Sonia cheers proudly from the stands for her man in Blue. He is loving the summer football training, I’m enjoying able to practice again especially after missing out Spring football. Ortale gives a shout out to his coaches. Dons coaches are enthusiastic, caring, positive, organized, encouraging, respectful, approachable, smart, and knowledgeable, he adds, I like how much they care about making sure we are practicing to the best of our ability. Ortale is looking forward to a winning season for the Dons because of three things: Work, Ethic and Talent. Ortale wants football to happen as well as his mom. Ortale wants school to happen too, I miss being away from school for so long, I miss going to school five days a week.
Dear Santa, We Want it All!
Jane E. Smith, Football Booster Rep 2020-2021