Season D adapts to pandemic restrictions

Heritage Girls soccer frosh/soph team in 2019 playing with inflatable tubes at the last practice. The players were running into each other, doing flips and more with the tubes while trying to play soccer with them.

  In spring 2020, all spring sports were cancelled. This left many players with an unfinished season and the hope that next season will happen. Because of the coronavirus, track, girls’ soccer, track and field, baseball, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ swim and dive, girls’ golf and girls’ tennis were all cancelled season right after they started. Students and coaches are hoping 2021 will bring them good fortune,  and after season A was allowed to play, they have become more hopeful.

“This year there’s just a lot of precautions we have to take with COVID like running in masks, socially distancing on a pack run, and working around concerns about the pandemic,” says Caroline Lacey, a sophomore at Heritage and a track and field runner.

   Some played more games than others last year. Boys’ baseball played two games, track and field ran one meeting which was originally meant to be JV but varsity was allowed to compete, but girls’ soccer played one scrimmage before the end of last season. This year CHSAA has already canceled some games.

“CHSAA has cut seven games from our schedule for this year which is very upsetting,” says  Tyler Munro, the head coach of boys’ baseball and a math teacher at Heritage.

Because of last season, some coaches haven’t been able to talk with many of their players, and since students didn’t play last year, coaches want to come back full force.

“I think I will have about the same number of players as last year. Girls’ soccer is pretty consistent in the number of players we have come to tryouts every year. I think everyone is really missing being able to play. The only thing I can see affecting the number of players is that our season will continue through the month of June even though school is already done,” says Kia Gudewicz, the head coach of girls’ soccer and a science teacher at Heritage. 

Even though coaches haven’t reached out much, there has been some contact.

“Coaches have just been advising us to stay in shape and take every opportunity to better ourselves not only as players but as people too” says Nick Stazzone, a junior at Heritage and a baseball player.

Coaches hope that because of the delayed start they can play more of the season.

“I believe since our season starts in May and goes through June, I bet we can play this season,”  says Munro.

There were many questions about whether or not the sports will be allowed to preseason, and with modifications, sports will be allowed too.

“We’re planning a very extensive preseason this year, but we cannot practice on the field as of right now,” says Munro.

Although high school sports have been postponed, club sports were played in full during the season.

“We were only able to have two weeks for high school soccer however I got a full season for the club,” says Emma Cass, a senior at Heritage and a soccer player.

With the new season on the horizon, there are a lot of questions and a lot of hope.

“I hope everyone will be more driven since we didn’t get to play last year and it was such a let down. I hope everyone will bring a lot of good, positive energy because we get to play,” says Gudewicz.

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