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Jared Stricker, seen here competing last season when he set a new school pins record, hoped to break Ashland’s career wins record in wrestling. But a season shortened and compressed by COVID may cost the No. 1-ranked wrestler in the state in his division that opportunity. (Contributed photo by Heidi Sticker)

With three successful seasons under his belt, Ashland wrestler Jared Stricker had a special target in his sights for his senior year: breaking Ashland’s career wins record. But the delayed start to the season, restrictions on meet size, and post-season uncertainty that have come with COVID may keep that goal just out of reach.

Stricker is far from alone. Administrators, coaches and athletes like him at schools all over the Bay Area are navigating all sorts of challenges as they try to keep sports going: lack of access to training facilities; seemingly constant changes to policies, recommendations and schedules; decreased participation; and of course the overlying concern for student-athlete and community health.

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Ashland winter sports such as basketball are underway with restrictions on spectators and other things, but Washburn teams haven’t even met in person yet. (Contributed photo)


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