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Athletic Competitions Return To MUHSD


After almost a year of no sports, Merced Union High School District (MUHSD) athletic competitions are back! Several sports including Cross-county, Swimming, Girls Golf and Girls Tennis will have scheduled matches beginning this week. 

“We are very excited to, once again, have our student-athletes participating in the sport that they love while representing their schools,” said MUHSD Superintendent Alan Peterson. “We’ve been committed to bringing them back as soon as possible for the sake of their physical and mental well-being, but only when it was safe to do so.That time is now.” 

After the California Interscholastic Federation gave counties and schools autonomy to hold their own competitions, MUHSD’s Athletic Directors worked with other school districts within Merced County on a schedule that would work for everyone. The new league, a reformatted Central California Conference (CCC), consists of all six traditional MUHSD sites plus high schools in Hilmar, Dos Palos, Gustine, Le Grand, and Delhi. Stone Ridge Christian High School will also participate in league play. 

“Making all of this work and getting everyone on the same page has been a huge undertaking, but it’s what's best for the kids and that’s been our guiding principle,” said Atwater High Athletic Director Scott Wine. “Seeing them suit up and getting back on the field will make it all worth it.”  

More sports will be added as conditions allow, and the idea is to provide the opportunity for as many sports to be played as possible, even if for an abbreviated season. The schedule for the upcoming CCC season can be viewed at

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