The Sequoia Union High School District has made the decision to not take part in the Central Coast Section playoffs. The decision applies to all sports at Menlo-Atherton, Woodside, Sequoia and Carlmont high schools.
“The decision was made at the administrative level, but the ADs were all in support,’’ Menlo-Atherton co-athletic director Steven Kryger said. “For myriad reasons. With the playoffs going on into June after graduation, there’s just a lot going on.’’
The Peninsula Athletic League had earlier decided to allow traditional spring sports to take part in CCS, to make up for last year when all those sports had their seasons curtailed by the onset of the COVID-19 crisis.
“When we returned to play we decided no standings, no records, no league championships and no playoffs,’’ Kryger said. “At the time we didn’t think CCS would have one. We wanted kids to play for the love of the game, just to win today, enjoy what we have, get back to a sense of normalcy, vaccinated, and get ready for next fall.’’
The Santa Clara Valley Athletic League’s Board of Managers voted last week to not take part in the CCS playoffs. That decision set off a firestorm of emails protesting the decision.
Contacted Monday morning, SCVAL commissioner Brad Metheany was asked for his reaction to the 30 or 40-odd emails he had received on the matter:
“They’re entitled to speak their minds. I’ve read every (email) and I listen,’’ Metheany said. “There’s a lot of emotion on this. I understand where they are coming from.’’
Given the outpouring of sentiment, would the board reconsider?
“As of now, no,’’ Metheany said. “My board is my board. This went from an ad hoc committee of athletic directors to the principals. It was tabled three times and we had public input three times. The agenda was up 36 hours before the meeting, at 9:12 p.m. on Tuesday.’’