Yes, you’re right.

This is about the time when readers, like you, would be turning to various daily newspapers, or MaxPreps, or athletic.net, or tmi wrestling and any other prime time sources of high school sports results to read on a variety of events. Wish I could be the bearer of some recent headlines on local high school results.

Some of your favorite by-line writers aren’t available. Others have turned into legitimate news reporters, gaining stories from sources different from their normal run.

Athletic directors and coaches are suddenly off the headline radar. They’ve been replaced by health officials and political leadership.

Never thought I’d see the day.

Ordinarily, we’d be celebrating All-CIF selections in football and girls volleyball right about now, plus boys water polo. All-league picks, MVPs, all the regular data.

Winter sports would be running on all cylinders.

San Gorgonio High School, for instance, takes it upon itself to run a handful of events — no less than boys and girls varsity Winter soccer tournaments, plus some JV events. Numbers go to over 100 sides over at the Soccer Complex on Arden and Pacific. Place opened in 1998 and usually services plenty of soccer action.

There’s a girls’ water polo tournament in there somewhere. Sites: Cajon, Arroyo Valley and San G. That’s another 36 teams on three tiers.

Hundreds of athletes tied into some memorable moments in this tiny little sphere of prep athletic influence — disappeared for 2020, early 2021.

On the other hand, there’s good news:

“This is the first time in 21 years,” says San G athletic director Matt Maeda, still recovering from a stern bout of the virus, “that I’ve been able to spend the holidays with my family.”

Let’s not forget the perennial San Bernardino Kiwanis Tournament, which has about as much hoops history as any event throughout this county.

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Speaking of this county: We’re looking at Purple Tier, which is the deadliest color of all pertaining to athletic participation among the high school ranks.

Numbers are getting worse, we’re learning.

From CIF-Southern Section official Thom Simmons:

Last Wednesday, Dec. 30. An update on statewide tier status on coronavirus outlooks: Not good, folks.

California might be blue politically, but it’s basically an all-purple coronavirus state, at least according to our CIF statewide officials. That means, no conditioning, no practices, nothing on the order of preparing for high school athletics.

I’ve sought out loads of opinion from medical folks, including fully fledged M.D. expertise. I’m discovering mixed opinions in that alone. Mixed, that is, on whether there’ll be prep sports coming in this 2020-21 school year.

Some say yes. More, perhaps, out of hope than pure logic. Others aren’t sure, mostly falling in the strongly “no” category.

Quoting them individually would be fruitless. Few desire to be quoted directly on this subject. It’s tricky. There’s a true backlash. It goes from science to politics back to science and back to politics in the blink of an eye.

Instead, I seek more guidance than quotations for my readership.

What’s not mixed, however, is that everyone agrees there’s absolutely a problem with the virus.

What’s mixed, though, is that degree of agreement on how badly the pandemic is to keep prep athletes on the sideline.

Depends on the sport.

Depends on the observer.

Depends on colors — red, purple, orange and magenta.

Again, permit a small observation: If students aren’t allowed on campus in a classroom, why on earth would they be allowed to compete in a sport?

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Yes, it’s possible that there could be cross country and tennis, golf and track, but not football and basketball, and no wrestling or soccer.

Purple tier sports versus orange, magenta and red.

On the bright side, those soccer and football kids might look good running cross country, or jumping in a track meet, or throwing a discus and a shot put.

Anything to keep busy, right?

If there’s classroom activity on campus, that is.

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I’ve written this before, so just repeating: Imagine the absolute fiery response of those parents -- not to mention athletes themselves -- who might see some sports cleared for takeoff while others are asked to sit it out.

We’re bracing for that response, of course.

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