On April 3, California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) canceled all 10 CIF Sections, including the Southern Section (SS), officially ending the high school spring sports season for 2020. 

“While I have the ultimate responsibility to make decisions that are in the best interest of our section, I do not do so in a vacuum,” wrote CIF Commissioner Rob Wigod in a letter concerning the effects of the Covid-19 virus. “Specifically, the advice of the Centers of Disease Control, as well as other federal, state and local health authorities were vital towards navigating our path forward.”  

Wigod, who has been with the organization for 20 years, stated, “I realize that the goals, dreams and aspirations of student-athletes, coaches, athletic directors, principals, parents, officials and fans have been dashed by this decision. That weighed very heavily on the ultimate decision that we had to make.”

This also puts an end to the pursuit of a second straight championship for the Cate girls lacrosse team, currently ranked eighth in Division II in the CIF-SS polls. It also means, the Carpinteria High School boys volleyball team’s quest for a second consecutive Citrus Coast League title is squashed, and the CHS track and field team’s 101st Russell Cup Meet will not take place. 

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