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(Photo - Doug Jorgensen)

Schedules don’t usually evoke emotional reactions, but this school year stands apart from others for East Bay Athletic League (EBAL) participants.

When the EBAL announced its modified schedule last week for sports in the red tier — football, baseball, softball and girls’ lacrosse — athletes and coaches finally had reason to cheer during these COVID-19 times. The EBAL football season will kick off on March 30 in the Mountain and Valley Divisions, following a smattering of nonleague contests. However, it is not as simple as putting a ball on a tee and blowing a whistle.