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FSU Basketball in Sports Illustrated's Way-Too-Early 2020-2021 Top 25

The Florida State men's hoops team captured its second Atlantic Coast Conference championship in the truncated 2019-2020 season, but the cancelation of the NCAA tournament denied the Seminoles a chance at a national title. Of course, virtual projections of a deep run by the 'Noles are nice, but they're far from the real thing. But our friends at the Sports Illustrated mothership think FSU could be among the country's elite again in the 2020-2021 campaign. 

SI's Jeremy Woo crafted his Way-Too-Early Top 25 for next season, and he has the Seminoles at No. 15, with the following explanation.

15. Florida State

Even with Devin Vassell and Patrick Williams likely to stay in the draft, Florida State should be in fairly good shape, with SI All-American Scottie Barnes set to be one of the more impactful freshmen in the country and a strong fit on both ends. The only thing this team is missing on paper is a point guard, with Trent Forrest graduating, but at times it may be able to play through the slick-passing Barnes, and will just need reliable ballhandling and sustained perimeter shooting to stay relevant. Junior college transfer Sardaar Calhoun should help boost the offense. The Seminoles still have size and length in spades, and that recipe tends to work well for them.

Villanova grabbed the top spot, and the highest ranked ACC team is Virginia, at No. 4. Other ACC squads, other than the Cavaliers and 'Noles to make SI's top 25: No. 7 Duke and No. 21 North Carolina, 

Source: FSU Basketball in Sports Illustrated's Way-Too-Early 2020-2021 Top 25

CIF Southern Section issues update on future sports plans

The CIF Southern Section is “totally committed to doing everything we can to be able to go forward with fall sports championships,” commissioner Rob Wigod said in a letter to section principals and athletic directors on Wednesday.

Five days after spring sports championships were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Wigod said CIF staff members are already working on potential scenarios for the start of fall sports.

“There will be more flexibility for us in the fall that we did not have in the spring, as we can adjust calendars within a longer time frame and there will be many different options that can be explored,” Wigod said.

Fall high school sports include football, boys’ water polo, girls’ volleyball, cross-country, girls’ tennis and girls’ golf.

Wigod also said that summer athletic programs are under discretion of the high school principal and not the Southern Section, which would make it feasible to have at least one more athletic contest to honor senior student-athletes.

Local football coaches are hopeful that their teams will get back onto the gridiron this fall. Corona del Mar coach Dan O’Shea would be entering his sixth season as head coach. Last year, he led the Sea Kings to a perfect 16-0 record and the CIF Southern Section Division 3 and CIF State Division 1-A championships.

O’Shea said that managing the health crisis and focusing on families clearly take a precedence over football right now, but he is “cautiously optimistic” that the fall season could move forward on schedule.

“I think the earliest anything could ever happen would be July 1,” O’Shea said. “That may be slightly optimistic, I don’t know. Hopefully by August 1. If we were given the green light August 1, I think most football teams could be ready to go as scheduled. I mean, it won’t look like or feel like what we’ve had in the past. Most of are expecting to have summer camps in July until we hear otherwise, but we’re realistic. Things can change quickly, but we’re going to remain optimistic.”

Across the bay, Peter Lofthouse expects to lead Newport Harbor for the third straight year. The Sailors are coming off a Division 9 semifinal appearance a year ago.

Lofthouse expressed optimism in Wigod’s remarks.

“The hope of every coach, not just myself, is that maybe sometime in the summer we can get back out on the field if we’re lucky,” Lofthouse said. “We could do some sort of seven-on-seven, or even if we don’t practice with another school, at least get some of that spring ball we would have had back in May. That would be the hope. But we just take our orders and follow the guidelines that are set forth to us from our administrators and our district. Obviously, that comes from the state too.”

In terms of what the Sailors are doing in the meantime, like many educators are now using Zoom for distance learning, the football program has also turned to that application.

“We actually create position meetings, where the players will go into a Zoom meeting with their position coach,” Lofthouse said. “Since we can’t get physical reps on the field, we’re trying to do a lot of mental reps.”

Ocean View football coach Luis Nuñez will enter his ninth year in charge. He had some fun recently on his Twitter page, posting the Seahawks’ all-decade team from 2010-2019.

Nuñez said with a laugh that some alumni have complained about their spots on the all-decade team. In more serious matters, he said he has gotten text messages from some current players that express apprehension about whether the season will move forward.

“We’re trying to keep our kids optimistic,” Nuñez said. “If there’s no optimism, a lot of them will probably have no reason to do any of the workouts. We’re just going to do our best to stay connected with them. Obviously, our spring football calendar is out the door, so we’re actually working on another spring calendar that we’re going to hopefully send out to the kids here soon. Then they will know when they’ve got to sign on for meetings. For a lot of our kids, it’s been a rough time.”


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Source: CIF Southern Section issues update on future sports plans

MHSAA announces cancellation of spring sports

Published 12:02 am CDT, Thursday, April 9, 2020

BIG RAPIDS -- The Michigan High School Association had contingency plans set to go for salvaging some type of a spring sports season.

This was the word from the MHSAA's executive director Mark Uyl on a video released by the association on Friday after he made his announcement spring sports would be canceled because of the coronavirus crisis.

The association had suspended spring sports on March 13 and canceled them on Friday, one day after the governor officially cancelled classes for the rest of the school year.

"The MHSAA has made the very painful decision to cancel the remainder of the 2019-20 sports year," Uyl said in his announcement. "This includes the winter tournament events which had been suspended as well as the spring season and upcoming tournaments. This comes on the heels of the governor's order closing all schools through the remainder of the school year.

"The feedback we got from our schools is they needed to dedicate all of their attention, effort and energy to provide online and distance education to students for the remaining weeks of the school year. In school sports, academics come before athletics and this is the focus our schools wanted to have."

Uyl noted the need to focus on the current health crisis, and the hope to "move toward some sense of normalcy in the weeks ahead. Our hearts are broken for our kids for our coaches, for our parents, four schools, families and our communities. For the past three weeks, we had been making contingency plans to try and have sports be part of our comeback as we battle our way through COVID 19.

"Unfortunately, that window of opportunity that we needed closed with schools ceasing to operate on site for the rest of the year, as well as projections that offer no immediate relief to this terrible health situation."

Uyl closed with a comment to the seniors.

  • Baldwin's baseball field will have no baseball this spring. (Star photo/John Raffel)

    Baldwin's baseball field will have no baseball this spring. (Star photo/John Raffel)

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    Baldwin's baseball field will have no baseball this spring. (Star photo/John Raffel)

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    "You have lived through something over the last three weeks that no high school student has experienced in generations. All of the last events you were looking so forward to have gone completely by the wayside.

    "We understand this news will only make that tough situation that much tougher. Sports have always been a great teacher of overcoming adversity...this experience will pay off in our lives in some point of down the road."

    Source: MHSAA announces cancellation of spring sports

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