Chico High senior discusses field hockey goals amid pandemic

Candice Wainschel started playing field hockey her freshman year of high school and quickly fell in love with the sport. That sport is now being put on hold as well as her future.

Posted: Jul 28, 2020 12:53 AM
Updated: Jul 28, 2020 9:00 AM

CHICO, Calif. -- Candice Wainschel started playing field hockey her freshman year of high school and quickly fell in love with the sport.

“I took the ball to about the fifty all the way to the cage and all the varsity girls were like, ‘dang, she’s good’ and that was the most craziest thing that’s ever happened to me,” said Candice.

Candice quickly earned a spot on the varsity squad in her sophomore season, a forward position change and now, two scholarship offers.

“It was really surprising for me, I was like, ‘wow, okay, this is awesome,’ but I mean it’s definitely what I’ve been working for since freshman year,” said Candice.

Candice received scholarship offers from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania of Pennsylvania and the University of Mount Olive in North Carolina.

Candice was named Most Valuable Player on the varsity squad, All-League and was the leading scorer for Chico High in her sophomore season.

“Everything I’ve done is about field hockey, getting good grades so I could go to a good school. It’s my whole life now,” said Candice.

That life is now being put on hold for the 4.0 student-athlete. According to the Eastern Athletic League, team sports will be pushed back to 2021. Butte County Public Health officials will still have to sign-off.

CLICK HERE for Eastern Athletic League plans. 

“I’ll be very disappointed,” said Candice. “I’ll probably cry some more, but I don’t know, I guess I’ll just have to go with it. There’s not much I can change and do, but keep practicing and keep trying to play in college. Just keep going.”

Candice says another offer is in the works and she has not made a decision on a college. She adds that she wants to become a team captain if Chico High has a field hockey season.

CLICK HERE for CIF Northern Section statement and guidelines regarding 2020-21 season.

According to the Butte County Public Health Department, it follows California guidelines and as of now, high school athletics is not on the agenda.

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