Donna Hagans

Rescinding of Bylaw 600 – 605: Outside Competition

January 20, 2021

The CIF State Office issues the following notice: CIF Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition):

On July 20, 2020, pursuant to Bylaw 1108, the CIF Executive Director issued a notice which suspended CIF Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition) for the 2020-21 school year only. On December 14, 2020, the Governor’s Office and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) released the updated guidance document “Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports” which included the language below:

Cohorting (“Outdoor and Indoor Youth and Recreational Adult Sports” CDPH document)

Athletes and coaches should cohort by team, and refrain from participating with more than one team over the same season or time period (notwithstanding

competitions permitted as outlined below).

Therefore, the CIF must rescind its temporary suspension of CIF Bylaws 600-605 (Outside Competition) effectively immediately to avoid being in conflict with the language above issued by the Governor’s Office and the CDPH. If the CDPH Guidance is amended in the future, the CIF may elect to revisit this issue.

Question: If a student has already participated on a team outside the CIF, does this impact their high school eligibility?

Answer: No. As of today, there have been no CIF contests so no student has lost eligibility with respect to this Bylaw.

Please see the link for the original notices released by the CIF:

Middle School Cross Country to begin February 1

Due to the most current California Department of Public Health guidelines and the CIF State Covid-19 Modifications, once the Solano County shelter-at-home mandate is lifted VCS Cross Country will be allowed to compete against any other team located within our county or adjacent counties.  At this time, there are few middle school athletic programs actively in session with on-campus learning, so we will coordinate dual meets with only a couple local middle school teams – but at least we have competitive opportunities for our runners and any student-athlete interested in coming out to join us!

Anticipating the shelter-at-home mandate to be lifted very soon, VCS Middle School Cross Country will begin practicing on Monday, February 1, 2021 out at Falcon Field from 3pm to 4:15pm.  Never been a runner, there’s no time like the present to come out and give it a try!

Season: Feb. 1- Mar. 31

Sports Fee: $175

Practices & Meets: Practices will be held at VCS Falcon Field.  Once the meet dates are determined, all families will be notified.  Practice days may be adjusted accordingly after the schedule is completed.

What do I need to do to come to practice on Monday, Feb. 1st?

1) Complete your registration in Final Forms, if you have not yet done so.

2) Come prepared with the following:

  • Running shoes
  • Comfortable clothes to run in
  • Water bottle
  • Mask!


Pazdel is anchor of Vacaville Christian defense

Bryce Pazdel is the one that keeps Vacaville Christian churning.

Pazdel, a junior linebacker and fullback/tight end, is the one in the middle anchoring everything. He’s a coach on the field. A leader. Wise beyond his years.

“Bryce Pazdel is the absolute brain in the middle,” said Vacaville Christian head coach Manny Tarango. “He’s up to like 210 pounds now. He’s thick. He knows everybody’s position, all 11 players. He knows their routes. He knows the blocking scheme. He’s in charge of the defense. He knows all 17 blitz combinations and all six, seven fronts that we use and the coverage that we need. He is the defensive coordinator on the field, and that’s what makes him so good. He’s just such a student of the game.”

Right when Pazdel arrived at Vacaville Christian, he turned into a star and one of the region’s premier athletes.

As a freshman, in the Falcons’ first season back as a program after not fielding a team for multiple years, Pazdel shined in every regard. His 75 tackles were the second-most on the roster, adding one sack, one quarterback hurry and two blocked field goals in a 1-9 campaign for VCS.

But that was only the beginning.

The class of 2022 sensation turned it up a notch again during his sophomore season, registering a team-high 133 tackles – which ranked 68th in California and was the third-most among California sophomores, according to statistics available on MaxPreps. His final statistics also read six tackles for loss, seven quarterback hurries, two interceptions, one forced fumble and one blocked field goal.

And Pazdel was a key cog offensively, carrying the ball 10 times for 75 yards while catching 15 passes for 258 yards and one score – part of a VCS squad that improved to a seven-win team and was a Sac-Joaquin Section semifinalist.

“I know he’s smart,” said Vacaville Christian sophomore King Saffings. “I know he can run. He can hit hard too.”

Those numbers only tell part of Pazdel’s story, though.

Leadership is in his blood. So is academic success by compiling a 4.2 GPA.

“I’ve been a natural leader pretty much most of my life,” Pazdel said. “I get a lot of it from Boy Scouts, from other extracurricular activities. I’m in NHS and things like that.”

Also a baseball and soccer player, Pazdel’s offseason has been one of tremendous growth to an already impressive skill set.

Tarango said Pazdel has gained 20 pounds and improved his 40-yard dash time. Plus, he’s honed in on making the defense better to understand his and his teammates’ responsibilities.

All of that work has Pazdel aiming for VCS to create an even more formidable defense, along with some hardware… 

“This year, as sort of the defensive captain, I would like to have the best defense in the league and take that defense and win league and section, if we end up competing for section,” Pazdel said.

Leaks and Allen, decisions to be made as offers come in

December 13, 2020/Chris Jackson

Excerpt taken from West Coast Preps Bay Area Recruiting Notebook:

Leaks sets decision date

Vacaville Christian senior athlete Jaron Leaks is less than a week away from picking his college destination. Leaks said he will commit on Dec. 19 and then sign his National Letter of Intent on Feb. 6. His offer list features Georgia Knights Prep Academy, La Verne, Lawrence Tech, Pacific, UC Davis, Valley City State and Whittier.

Despite an injury, Leaks’ junior campaign brought Vacaville Christian to new heights after a one-win season the year prior, notching 395 receiving yards, four touchdowns, 40 tackles, one interception and one fumble recovery while VCS went 7-5 and played in the Sac-Joaquin Section semifinals.

Recent Bay Area offers

  • Vacaville Christian junior athlete Kendall Allen’s first offer came in, with Southern University out of the Division I level offering him. Allen finished with 990-plus receiving yards each of his first two years of high school. 

Read the full article by West Coast Preps

PRESS RELEASE: CIF Statement Regarding Education-Based Athletics for 2020-21 School Year

December 1, 2020

SACRAMENTO, CALIF. — Due to the continued surge in COVID-19 infections, the
California Department of Public Health has postponed the issuance of its updated youth
sports guidance. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) does not expect the
CDPH will issue any guidance allowing for schools to return to full practice and
competition until after January 1, 2021, at the earliest. Thus, all full practice and
competition start dates are officially on hold until updated guidance is issued.

Therefore, to provide the 10 CIF Sections, our 1,605 member schools, and more than
800,000 student-athletes the best opportunity to compete in Season 1 Sports, once
allowed by the CDPH and local county offices of public health, the CIF State Office is
removing all Regional and State Championship events from the Season 1 Sports calendar.
By canceling Regional and State Championship events, more student-athletes will have
the opportunity to participate in a longer season, rather than a truncated season with
Regional and State post-season play for a limited number of schools.
Additionally, boys volleyball will be moved to Season 2 to avoid the loss of a second full
season, and an updated Season 2 calendar to include boys volleyball will be posted in

The CIF is confident this decision is a necessary and reasonable action for our member
schools, student-athletes, and school communities in light of the current statewide crisis.
This revision to the CIF State 2020-21 Season 1 Sports calendar offers our Sections and
Leagues the flexibility and needed time to plan for the return to practice and competition
once updated guidance is provided by the CDPH.

West Coast Prep Kendall Allen

Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps: Nos. 30-26

No. 27: Vacaville Christian junior receiver Kendall Allen

Kendall Allen is simply a freak of an athlete.

During his first two high school seasons, Allen was one of the top receivers in the entire region and accumulated nearly 1,000 yards both seasons. His freshman year was a 994-yard and 13-touchdown season, following that up with 992 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns to lift Vacaville Christian in a remarkable turnaround from one win in 2018 to a section semifinals appearance in 2019.

On top of that, Allen is a star in basketball and track. He averaged 13.9 points per game off the bench as a freshman to help VCS to a Sac-Joaquin Section Division VI championship and then posted 21.8 points per game his sophomore year, all the while also being a Junior Olympian.

Click here to read the West Coast Preps article Xclusive Speed Top 45 Powered by West Coast Preps: Nos. 30-26

kai Nunley

Sophomore Nunley is ‘power and spunk’ at VCS

Kai Nunley is absolute power and spunk.

That’s exactly how Vacaville Christian head coach Manny Tarango describes Nunley, a sophomore running back and linebacker who has dazzled every step of the way early in his high school career. Not only is a beast on the field, but in the weight room he is full throttle, and as a person, he’s just one of those guys everyone loves to be around. 

“Kai is one of those kids that’s always dancing,” Tarango said. “He’s always singing. He’s just happy about being at football, and the kid just PRd a 505 deadlift. He is thick. He’s got a very short powerful lower body. He’s committed himself to the weight room. His 40 time is increased.”

But, before Nunley ever arrived at Vacaville Christian, he was not ready to make himself a Falcon.

At least, not when he first heard the news. 

Nunley’s mother originally wanted him to go to VCS, but when Nunley heard those words, he thought she was joking. Yet she was serious, and Nunley didn’t know what to say at that exact moment.

“I cried that day, but when I came here I was like this is a really good team,” Nunley said. “This is much better. Because we actually knew each other, and I can just tell we can get along. I know these people. I know they’re good people. They don’t care about themselves. They care about their teammates. They care about each other.”

“We’re family. We’re a really good family. We’re trying to help each other out. We really are. We try our best to make sure one of us goes to college or one of us gets out of here because that’s our main goal is just to go out. We’re just trying to go places, go far, wherever we can.”


That incredible production lifted Nunley into all-metro and all-region honors on both sides of the ball and showed how profound his impact has been for this surging Falcons program, which went 1-9 the year before Nunley arrived and boosted that record to 7-5 and a trip to the Sac-Joaquin Section Division VII semifinals his first year on campus.

“That kid puts the mouthpiece in and he’s just like, ‘Let’s go,’ like Ezekiel Elliott,” Tarango said. “He kind of rolls the jersey up to expose the abs and he’s just giving you the spoon feed, like, ‘Keep feeding me. Let’s go.’ And he’s running to the ball when we’re doing tempo drills, and he’s like faster, faster, faster.”

What remains a scary thought is Nunley has only beefed up and improved in every regard during this offseason.

He’s deadlifting 500-plus pounds. His 40-yard dash time is down 0.2 seconds, all the way from a 4.9 to a 4.7 – Nunley ran a 4.72 at the Routes vs. Coverage Showcase earlier this month.

“He’s completely transformed his legs,” Tarango said. “He’s just thicker. He’s stronger. He’s gotten faster, and he’s only 15. And I think he just loves football, and it just comes naturally to him. Because that comes natural, it allows us as coaches to focus on your blocking and catching the ball out of the backfield because I can’t teach you your body. You know your body. You know how to run people over. That’s what you do.”

Tarango envisions Nunley to become one of the top recruits in the region by the time he’s a junior, and Nunley is eager to make those college dreams come true and get to the next level.

“Open to all offers, but it would be a life changer,” Nunley said. “If I got an offer or something, or if one of my teammates got an offer, it would be good. It would affect us. It really would because then we’d all be hyped. We would all be hyped up. We would all be going hard because we got eyes on us.”

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