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Chico High School athletes back in practice

Multiple sports for Chico High School are practicing again. Action News Now spoke to two seniors about what this season means to them.

Posted: Nov 13, 2020 10:14 AM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico High School has started letting sports practice again. The teams practicing include football, volleyball, field hockey, cross country, cheerleading, and ski and snowboarding.

Action News Now spoke to a volleyball player about how her practices are different.

Emily Borgman is a senior and says right now the practices are voluntary, players must stay separated, and in small groups. 

Borgman added the girls must wear masks at all times, and hand sanitizer stations are set up in four spots of the gym. They also sanitize all the equipment after each use. 

Even with all the changes, Borgman says it's just a relief to be back on the court. 

"It was so awesome, I mean I have been playing with some of these girls since 5th or 6th grade. So to have that friendship back and compete and laugh together it felt awesome," said Borgman. 

The football team is also practicing. Action News Now spoke to Jason Alvistur, the Head Varsity Coach who is also the Athletic Director for Chico High School.

Alvistur says that right now the football team is not doing any contact.

The boys have to wear masks at all times, and they keep them six feet a part from each other. 

He says they are not using pads, and are really focusing on conditioning, and some offensive and defensive work.

One senior told Action News Now he's just happy to be back with teammates. 

"It's honestly like the best feeling ever because I am back with my team. I miss my boys you know, that is my family. I have one year left it would suck if I had to sit at home," said senior Domenico Pennisi.

Coach Alvistur also commented on what he has seen at practices. 

"Practices have so much energy and excitement the kids are flying around and they are happy. It is just pure joy they have been cooped up for six months and they wanted to bust out and have fun and get better," said Alvistur.

Both senior athletes told Action News Now they are just happy to have competition their senior year. 

"Football is a way of life and it is really a high school experience that nobody will ever experience. I know a ton of kids now that are gone now and they are forgotten but I will always remember them and I just want to be someone that will be remembered here at Chico high," said Pennisi.

"I am happy to be back, it is a little bit of a bummer we can't do everything normal, but I love to just be with the girls," said Borgman. 

Borgman and Pennisi also added they feel like their coaches are doing a great job at enforcing rules and they feel safe. 

Coach Alvistur says he is not sure what it will mean for student athletes if Butte County goes back to the Red Tier.

The first volleyball game is scheduled for Dec. 28. The first football game is scheduled for Jan. 8.

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