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Paradise Athletics affected by coronavirus

Athletic Director says this can affect seniors' futures.

Posted: Mar 20, 2020 7:01 PM

PARADISE, Calif. -- Paradise High's athletics' program was just starting to rise after the Camp Fire, but with the California lock-down they may not get to finish what they started at home.

"It was just an exciting football year, we had so much fun and so much community involvement, it was just so fantastic to see that trickle into the other sports," said Athletic Director Anne Stearns. 

Stearns says she was very optimistic about the spring season until the coronavirus hit.

"[An administrator] was like, 'hey, I love your optimism, but I need us to be real about this situation that is going on," said Stearns.

As of now, athletics is still suspended at all California High Schools until further notice.

"My heart just sank, I mean, for us this is just one more chapter in a really hard couple years for Paradise High," said Stearns. 

Stearns says this halt could be very detrimental for seniors’ futures.

"We have an athlete, Patrick Roehling, that had amazing times his junior year for never being on his home track and he was really banking on the fact that this season was going to provide him with a four-year scholarship," said Stearns. 

For most seniors this season would have been their first and last chance to play at home. Paradise High worked tirelessly to get its' Bobcats home. 

Paradise has new, painted tracks, a new softball field and new sod for the baseball team. 

"For our seniors they were so excited, we were only days away from being able to touch the grass," said Stearns. "These kids haven’t even touched the grass yet. Now they're not even able to practice on them. I'm just hoping they get some playing time for us, it’s just trying to find the silverlining." 

Construction workers are still working on the new gym despite California's Stay-In-Place. 

"We could all talk about the negatives, but somehow we have to build up the possibility of coming back and having a great rest of the year." 

Stearns says they are looking at April 20th to come back, but that can all change. 

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