Winter Sports: Coronavirus Update

Carter Pahl, Kevin Travers

After an OSAA Board meeting on Dec. 7, the winter sports season has been pushed backed and condensed. The season will now only last six weeks spanning from May 10 to June 27.

The winter sports season was supposed to be the first season that the OSAA would attempt to hold this school year. The winter season includes basketball, swimming, and wrestling. 

A couple of Pacer athletes weighed in with their opinions on the current circumstances of their sports in regards to coronavirus. 

(Note: These interviews took place before the season had been postponed.)

Addie Reardon, Basketball

Q: Has your team gotten the chance to practice at all?

a.) “Our team was only able to practice for two weeks on an outdoor court due to the new rules this year. “

Q: Are you on a club team that it able to play right now?

a.) “We did a ton of Zoom meetings during last year’s quarantine.”

Q: Does your team hold Zoom meetings to stay up to date?

a.)  “I play on a traveling club team and have been playing with them all summer and fall because we can actually play and practice .”

Q: How are you staying in shape on your own while your team can’t practice?

a.)  “I’ve been working on my own with trainers, getting lots of shots up everyday and playing with my club team to get ready for season.”

Q: What do you miss most from a regular season?

a.)  “What I miss most about the regular season is being at school and dressing up on game days and just the normalcy of the season.”

Ryan Boucher, Wrestling

Q: Has your team gotten the chance to practice at all?

a.) “We have done a couple practices a week on the main field until the recent shutdown. It’s kinda hard to do wrestling six feet apart with masks on, but we are making the best of it.”

Q: Does your team hold Zoom meetings to stay up to date?

A: “We have a GroupMe chat with all of the wrestlers and communicate through that. No Zoom meetings, but the practices are like get-togethers.”

Q: How are you staying in shape on your own while your team can’t practice?

A: “I have a good workout setup in my garage with a squat rack and all that good stuff, so I’ve been lifting a lot. I also just try to get outside as much as I can.”

Q: What do you miss most from a regular season?

A: “I miss the wrestling practices and tournaments a ton. It’s hard to have one of your favorite things just taken away and not know if I will even have a season. I wish I could wrestle every day, but the pandemic is wishing otherwise.”

Max Wise, Basketball

Q: Has your team gotten the chance to practice at all?

A: “Initially, we were able to practice a little, but it was shut down about two weeks in due to the covid rules.”

Q: Does your team hold Zoom meetings to stay up to date?

A: “We have done team zoom meetings during distanced workouts and weekly check ins on the players health and progress.”

Q: How are you staying in shape on your own while your team can practice?

A: “I practice solo by shooting outside, lifting at bay club, I run every morning and try to swim everyday for an added boost of cardio.”

Q: What do you miss most from a regular season?

 A: “What I miss most is the buzz behind the beginning of the season. I miss the optimism right before starting the varsity season and the sense of being able to compete to my very best ability in the hardest league in the state.”

Q: Are you on a club team?

A: “Yes, I am participating in club basketball but traveling out of state for most games.”