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Green states are playing fall high school football in some form. Red states plan to play next spring. (Map created by The Columbian)

As the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic, there is no consensus in America on how to handle prep sports.

One big example is high school football, where the ticket revenue which pays for most athletic budgets is generated.

Tuesday, The Columbian in Eastern Washington published the map seen above, which shows where every state sat on the issue of gridiron games through Monday, October 12.

Hours after this map hit, however, Alaska cancelled all fall sports, including football, while postponing the start of winter sports.

Like Ferris Bueller once said, “Life comes at you fast.”

So, likely before you finish reading this story, rest assured things may have changed as well…

That said, at the moment there are 32 states playing some version of fall football, while two states have plans to launch seasons soon.

But even in those states currently playing, there are variations, with shortened seasons, postponements, or some states operating on a week-to-week status.

Then there are 15 states, plus the District of Columbia, which intend to play football next spring. That includes Washington state.

There are also quirks, such as Vermont replacing tackle football with 7-on-7 touch, while Rhode Island has simply erased football in any form from the 2020-2021 school year.

Where each state stands, according to Tuesday’s report in The Columbian:


Season has started:

New Hampshire
North Dakota
South Carolina
South Dakota


Season started late or ending early:

New Jersey


Plan to play in spring 2021:

District of Columbia
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina



Arizona — Season started Oct. 1, but Phoenix area schools don’t start play until Oct. 23.

Colorado — 79% of schools opened shortened season Oct. 9. Remainder plan to play in the spring. Some games have been cancelled after positive COVID-19 tests.

Maryland — Reversed decision to move football to 2021, allowing districts to make own choice. Some opted to play in the fall, others are undecided, and some remain committed to spring.

Minnesota — Season started Oct. 9, but multiple games have been canceled because of COVID-19.

Missouri — Part of state playing, but areas including St. Louis, are not.

Pennsylvania — Some districts started play Sept. 11. Others Oct. 2. Approximately 15 percent of state schools opting to delay play until spring.

Rhode Island — No football in 2020-2021.

Vermont — Replaced tackle football with 7-on-7 touch. Teams playing twice a week between Sept. 25-Oct. 24.

West Virginia: Season started Sept. 4, but COVID restrictions have forced frequent cancellations.

Wisconsin — Two-third of state schools started play Sept. 25. Other third waiting for spring.

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With Coupeville High School football games moved from this fall to next spring, Homecoming won’t go down in October. (Photo by JohnPhotos.net)

You’ll have to wait a bit to return.

When the Coupeville High School football schedule was first posted back in March, there were five home games on a 10-game schedule.

With three of those games at Mickey Clark Field originally set for October, it seemed very likely Homecoming would fall on one of them.

But, before an official announcement could be made, COVID-19 swept every sports schedule clean.

Now, here we are, with online learning the reality of the day.

While CHS athletes are being allowed to do carefully-monitored off-season practices, the current plan is for actual competitions not to start until Jan.

Basketball will be up first, with football and other traditional fall sports filling a second season from Mar. 1-May 1.


So, I hadn’t put much thought into Homecoming festivities – either the game, the dance, the parade, or the week-long class competitions.

But I had a couple of parents ask recently if I had heard anything, so I fired up the Email 3000, and peppered the people in charge.

The answers were exactly what I anticipated – nothing is happening now.

“I don’t have any plans at the moment for any Homecoming activities,” said CHS Athletic Director Willie Smith as he worked on 10,001 different schedules, some of which might be used if games return.

The view from the head office was the same.

Homecoming, like most everything, is still in limbo.

“We will see if the season happens before planning Homecoming,” said Coupeville Schools Superintendent Steve King.

So, now you know. And knowing is half the battle.

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The Whidbey Island Marathon, scheduled for April 19, has been postponed.

The move was announced Monday.

The official release:

Greetings –

The Whidbey Island Marathon has always prized itself on showcasing the natural beauty of Whidbey Island while promoting an engaging, healthy lifestyle that brings our community together.

Additionally, Marathon Weekend brings thousands of visitors to support our local hotels, restaurants, stores and other small businesses in Oak Harbor and throughout Whidbey Island.

With the safety of our runners, residents, businesses, and visitors foremost in mind – Due to COVID-19 and the state mandates on crowd size limitations, the 2020 Whidbey Island Marathon will be postponed to a later date this year.

We are currently working with our event partners, city agencies, state parks and WSDOT to determine a new date.

The safety of all residents, participants, volunteers, sponsors and race officials is paramount and we appreciate your understanding while we navigate this challenging situation.

Once a rescheduled date has been set – we will reach out with the different options available for deferrals, rescheduling and more detailed instructions.

Please allow us some time working with our partners to get these plans in place so we can provide you with specific, detailed information.

We know you’ve been training hard to accomplish your goals and we wish we could see you at the finish line next month, but the safety of our participants, volunteers, spectators and residents is of utmost importance.

Please stay safe, practice social distancing, wash your hands and of course…KEEP RUNNING!

Don’t let this event or any other event being paused be the downfall of the training you’ve already put in.

Get outside, continue to train, keep achieving your fitness goals and stay healthy.

Share your accomplishments, stories and pictures with our running community.

We will see you soon runners!

– The City of Oak Harbor & The Fizz Events Race Team

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   Wolf fans were expecting action like this Saturday. It didn’t happen, though, as a lack of refs forced a rare postponement. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

Talk about anticlimactic.

The stage was set Saturday for an exciting evening of high school basketball, with Klahowya in town for a big Olympic League game.

Win, and Coupeville would improve to 2-0 in conference play and sit alone atop the league.

If you’re a stats hound, you also knew Wolf senior Hunter Smith, who is averaging 19.2 points a night, needed just 20 Saturday to jump from #23 to #18 on the CHS career scoring chart.

In doing so, he would have swept past Wolf legends Wade Ellsworth, Pat Bennett, Foster Faris, Virgil Roehl and Gavin Keohane.

But then, in one fell swoop, all the air went out of the gym.

For reasons yet unclear, not a single ref showed for the game, and, despite scrambling, CHS officials were unable to track down any local ones sitting around their house on a Saturday evening.

Faced with no other choices, the game was officially postponed, and all tickets were refunded.

The game will be rescheduled at a later date.

While the Wolves and Eagles could have played the JV contest without official refs, using coaches in their place, that’s not allowed for varsity contests.

So, for the moment, Coupeville remains 1-0 in league play, with three games, the first two league clashes, scheduled for next week.

CHS travels to Port Townsend Tuesday, welcomes Chimacum to town Wednesday, then heads to Sultan for a non-conference rumble next Saturday.

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Hunter Smith (John Fisken photo)

   “Whoa, whoa, whoa… we’re going to Silverdale, but the Klahowya girls aren’t coming here? What the what?” (John Fisken photo)

Coupeville and Klahowya are scheduled to play high school basketball games Friday night in two separate towns.

There’s currently more snow in Silverdale than here in town.

So guess which game got postponed?

Yep, going against all conventional wisdom, the CHS boys road game is still on, while the Wolf girls will be left with an empty gym and will practice instead of facing off with the Eagles.

While it would be easy to jump to the conclusion that Coupeville’s bus drivers are just better at their jobs than their Silverdale compatriots (probably true), there’s a little more to it than that.

Klahowya girls’ basketball is claiming some of its players and/or coaches couldn’t make it to the school in time for what would have been an early departure (probably 11 AM with a 3:30 tip-off).

Coupeville’s boys, on the other hand, had little issue meeting their bus (CHS didn’t even have a delayed start this morning).

So, with a warmed-up bus, a hardy driver, and a 79.4% chance the roads in Silverdale will be cleared by the time Coupeville hits the mainland, the boys are off on a road trip.

The girls game will be rescheduled at a later date.

Both Coupeville teams will play at home Saturday, unless South Whidbey finds a creative excuse not to make the drive up the Island.

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