By Wayne Crick
High school sports fans are more than excited to see action in and around area high schools with sports camps getting underway with fall sports activities. Golf is fast approaching its opening week with Delta and Cedaredge high schools participating in this week’s prep golf tournaments on local courses. Other activities have been given clearance, with restrictions pertaining to the coronavirus, by CHSAA’s governing body this past week.
The CHSAA’s commissioner, Rhonda Blanford-Green, released an announcement this past week detailing the starting dates for fall sports practices for softball and boys tennis. Both activities were approved for practice by the state’s COVID-19 Response team within the governor’s office. According to Blanford-Green, both softball and boys tennis are cleared to begin practicing on Aug. 10 with competition set to commence on Aug. 13.
An earlier announcement from CHSAA approved the start of boys golf on Aug. 3 with competitions beginning on Aug. 6. Delta High School will host its opening season golf tournament at Devil’s Thumb Golf Club on Thursday, Aug. 6, and follow with its second tournament of the week at the DeerCreek Golf Club (Cedaredge) on Friday, Aug. 7. Both days have 9 a.m. starting times.
In softball, DHS is slated to open its season with the Eaton Tournament on the weekend of Aug. 21-22. The Panthers open league play the following Tuesday, Aug. 25, at Cedaredge with varsity action beginning at 3 p.m. and the junior varsity to follow afterwards.
Other fall sports, including football, volleyball, soccer and cross country are waiting for their opening practice dates from CHSAA, and could have those dates shortly.
As new developments on the remaining sports become available they will be passed along as soon as they are known.
As an overview for our readers, the Colorado High School Activities Association is a voluntary association of more than 350 member schools that includes public, private and charter schools. CHSAA has been the state’s governing body of high school sports and activities since 1921. Its mission is to serve its membership through the advancement of, and the student’s participation in, interscholastic activities, which are an integral component and a complement to the educational goals of its member schools. The CHSAA sponsors championship events in 27 boys’ and girls’ sports and events in student council, music and speech. Over 58% of the state’s students participate in at least one activity sponsored by the CHSAA.