Previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in California: No. 13 Alemany Warriors (Mission Hills)
The California Interscholastic Federation pushed pause Tuesday on its return-to-play plans for sports such as football and girls volleyball, saying it cannot get started until it receives guidelines from the California Department of Public Health — and that isn’t expected until after Jan. 1.
“Thus, all full practice and competition start dates are officially on hold until updated guidance is issued,” the CIF said in a news release.
If given the green light to play, the CIF said it will remove all regional and state championships from the season that was to begin this month, clearing the way for more students than just those on playoff contenders to have a longer schedule.
The CIF also announced that boys volleyball is moving from the winter to spring (Season 1 to Season 2) because the boys season was canceled in the last school year. The boys traditionally play volleyball in the spring.
“The CIF is confident this decision is a necessary and reasonable action for our member schools, student-athletes, and school communities in light of the current statewide crisis,” the news release stated. “This revision to the CIF State 2020-21 Season 1 Sports calendar offers our Sections and Leagues the flexibility and needed time to plan for the return to practice and competition once updated guidance is provided by the CDPH.”
The announcement Tuesday comes six days before the North Coast Section’s traditional fall sports teams — football, volleyball, water polo, cross country — were to begin practice and less than two weeks before Central Coast Section teams were to start.
SBLive California is previewing the Top 50 high school football teams in the state ahead of the 2020-2021 season. Even with the season on hold, we will continue to highlight the best teams, players and coaches in California. Here’s an inside look at the Alemany Warriors of the CIF Southern Section, the No. 13 team in our countdown.
Coach Clausen: “Junior started for us as a freshman as well. The reason we were so excited about this season was because a lot of our top players who had their introduction to high school football as freshmen are now juniors. I see Junior as the top inside linebacker in the country for 2022.”
Every week, SBLive reporter Connor Morrissette previews the country’s top high school football games with an emphasis on what their results mean for the Power 25. One or two of the teams involved in each game is on our Power 25 radar. Here’s what we’re watching this week.
Cedar Hill squeaked by Rockwall-Heath last week in overtime to advance to the 6A Division 2 semifinals. The Longhorns need to win out to stay ranked in the Power 25. Katy (Texas) will most likely await the winner of the Cedar Hill vs. Guyer game. We expect the 6A Division 2 championship in Texas to be a “win and you’re in” game for the Power 25.
Here is how you can watch the match and what to know:Vinnie Orlando, the athletic director for eight years at Eaglecrest High School in Centennial, Colo., spent years as an athletic director at San Fernando Valley schools Harvard-Westlake and El Camino Real.
Speaking from his four-bedroom house in Parker, a suburb of Denver, with the temperature a pleasant 53 degrees Monday morning, Orlando explained how his school’s football team was able to finish its seven-game season while California teams still hadn’t held a single practice or played any games since the 2020-21 school year began in August.
Attempts are being made to find another date to play the game before the cut-off point of Jan 23 -- the date of the fourth round.
The congested fixture list has left Villa with little scope to rearrange the Liverpool game, though, due to the Birmingham-based club not having a spare date on their calendar between now and Jan 23.