New CIF Seasons Lead to Tough Choices for Players


Mayfield Senior

Mayfield Senior students in action during their volleyball home game.

Track or Soccer? One choice that left Lily Fontes ‘22, wondering as she begins her junior year this fall. As a result of the current pandemic and continuing high infection rates, the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) enforced new athletic season divisions in their attempt to minimize contact between players. The winter season–starting in late December– consists of volleyball, water polo, and cross country, while the spring season is composed of several Mayfield offered sports such as badminton, soccer, basketball, swimming and diving, tennis, softball, track and field, and golf.

“While I do hope to be able to do both [track and soccer], I will ultimately have to make a decision based on which sport I enjoy more,” reflected Fontes ‘22. As it is a difficult decision for all players, Mayfield athletes will have to decide which sports they cannot imagine not playing. 

CIF’s new sports seasons pose obstacles for senior athletes especially, as this year will be their last opportunity to play their respective sports. Like many other extracurriculars and activities, the class of 2021 will be forced to choose or possibly not have the opportunity to play/participate. Sally Pontrelli ‘21, participates in three sports: volleyball, basketball, and swimming/diving. Like many of her peers, Pontrelli has to make a decision as to which teams she favors more during the winter and spring athletic seasons.

“Choosing a sport was incredibly difficult for me, though I have decided to participate in swim/dive and volleyball this year. This is not a clear cut decision, as I will definitely miss the sport and team of basketball this spring season. While I won’t be playing three sports, I will try to enjoy the two seasons I am participating in this year,” remarked Pontrelli whose positive attitude appears to be making the best memories despite the pandemic and other foreseeable obstacles. 

We wish our Mayfield athletes good luck in their respective sports and hope that everyone, especially the seniors, can truly enjoy their season while playing with passion and excitement. Go Cubs!