Vince Hal, cashier at Alameda Natural Grocery, sprays disinfectant onto shopping baskets and carts. Shoppers enter incrementally after washing hands at the portable sinks or using hand-sanitizing stations provided at the parking lot entrance. They are also required to wear face coverings while inside.

On Friday, April 3, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) announced the cancellation of the 2020 high school sports spring season. 

The cancellation was due to the COVID-19 pandemic that has canceled or postponed sporting events around the world. The announcement means the end of the 2020 baseball, softball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, men’s volleyball, swimming and track-and-field seasons for Alameda high school teams. 

The COVID-19 health crisis has not only affected Alameda high-school sports teams in the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), it has also affected teams at the club sport level. 

The Alameda Sun shone bright in sunny Arizona where Lawrence Sasaki and friends had fun at spring training in Tempe, Ariz., back when everyone thought the season would proceed on a normal schedule. This is a picture of the group at Hohokam Stadium in Mesa, Ariz., the spring training home of the Oakland Athletics. Front row: Clarence Chu, Warren Chu, Lawrence Sasaki, Charlene Maney Spinola and Allan Chin; Back row: Chris Bojorquez, Dave Beesley, Ada Clark, Antonio Allen, Jennifer Duley, Clifford Spinola and Ed Lane.

Alameda high school baseball and softball teams played several games before the season was put on hiatus due to the COVID-19 outbreak. The California Interscholastic Federation postponed all spring season sporting events on March 12.