COVID-19 (Coronavirus 2019) has taken many things away from many teenagers' high school experience, things they’ve been looking forward to for their whole life, and important milestones in their lives.
This year's spring sport athletes are unable to play the sports they love and have been waiting all school year for. The athletes had many things that they were excited about this season as well.
“I was looking forward to many things this season,” said Sierra Maestrejuan. “We had so much talent and room to grow and I know if we were still playing we would be doing amazing things.”
Maestrejuan is a senior this year and is one of the team captains for Lowry varsity softball. This year she enjoyed many things about her short-lived season.
“My favorite part about softball has to be my team. Having many teammates and coaches who are there for you is such a great feeling and teaches you a lot of life lessons,” said Maestrejuan. “I miss having something to look forward to in the day, to be able to go out and the field and have fun without worrying about the stress of normal life.”
If the COVID-19 situation improves there’s a chance that some restrictions might be lifted. If quarantine continues throughout the school year, Maestreuan thinks it would be amazing if she was able to make up the season during the summer.
“I would be so grateful and beyond excited if we were able to play in the summer to make up the season,” said Maestreuan. “As it is my last season of high school sports, in general, I would strive to grow every day and make the most out of the time with my team.”
Trenton Domire who is a varsity baseball player has been staying in shape during quarantine just in case the possibility of the season continuing happens.
Domire said, “I have been going on runs and throwing with my older brother.”
Domire was driven to try out for the team this year and has been driven by his dedication to the sport since he was six years old.
“The thing that drove me to try out and play is the love of the sport I’ve gained through the years of playing,” said Domire.
Ryleigh Raabe who is doing her first year of track as a freshman is disappointed about how the season turned out because of her discoveries and growth and how much effort she and everyone else in track were putting in.
“Before it ended I found out I really like the eight hundred meter so that was going really good and as a team, I think we were all just putting in so much effort and it was paying off,” said Raabe.
Cal Peters was excited for many things this golf season and enjoys how golf differs from other sports he plays.
“I was looking forward to traveling to tournaments and just playing the different courses and seeing how I’d do,” said Peters. “I really like golf because I’ve played it for a long time and it’s a lot more laid back than any other sport, it’s still competitive but without all the running and stuff.”