Rio Hondo League announces spring season cancellation

Story by Ellie Campbell
Co-Associate Sports Editor

Photo by Ella Jayasekera
Associate Photo Editor

The SPHS athletic department announced the cancellation of the Rio Hondo League (RHL) spring season on Friday, Apr. 3, in coordination with the CIF’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. There are no plans to postpone league play or make up any competitions.

“It breaks my heart for our athletes to cut their spring season short,” athletic director Anthony Chan said. “I am incredibly proud of our teams for their hard work and accomplishments thus far.”

Baseball and softball were the sole two spring sports that began the RHL before the SPUSD closure, each playing only one match. After three winless league seasons, baseball brought home a 4-2 victory against rival San Marino on opening day. 

“This was my fourth year on varsity and the [game against San Marino] was my only league win in my four years at South Pas,” senior catcher Samuel Luna-Long said. “It was pretty disappointing to get off to a strong start and then have it cut short for my senior season.”

The other spring teams had just kicked off their non conference matches and their league seasons were over before they started.

“It’s disappointing because all the work we put in during the offseason didn’t result in anything,” junior volleyball player Colin Sheng said. “The worst part is that our team had a great chance of winning league this year.”

The 2020 track, swimming, badminton, baseball, softball, boys tennis, boys golf, and boys volleyball league titles will all be left vacant and the spring sports will return in 2021.

This is an ongoing story. All local coronavirus updates can be found here.

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