All high school sports in Santa Clara County are canceled until Dec. 21, according to an order from the Santa Clara Health Officials.

Fall sports have been practicing since August in socially distanced cohorts on Palo Alto High School campus. Now, as a result of the new health order, students are no longer allowed to participate in organized practices.


“I’m going to miss having the team atmosphere because it helps to have others to consult with and to work with.”

— JT Bard, junior


The new mandate is disheartening for many athletes, many of whom were practicing daily for their upcoming season. For Paly junior and cross country runner JT Bard, training alone takes away some of the motivation to run. 

“I was really hoping to have my first cross country season, so I was really disappointed to hear that it’s probably not going to happen,” Bard said. “Luckily we’re going to continue training as individuals, but I’m going to miss having the team atmosphere because it helps to have others to consult with and to work with.”

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