Not quite the finish line

The spring sports season has been canceled to ensure the safety of student athletes because of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) concerns and the school closure for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. 

Following the closure, swim missed its first invitational of the season at Mount San Antonio College (Mt. SAC) Winterfest Invitational Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14. Varsity swim had been practicing every day for two hours from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.; recently, the team has been unable to practice in preparation for a possible California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) Championship following the closure of school pools. However, CIF has not released an official statement regarding any cancellations. 

“It’s really devastating because a lot of people have worked so hard to get to this point in their high school athletic careers, and to be stopped at this crucial point is heartbreaking,” swim captain senior Jesslyn Handaja said. “We’re also missing Senior Night that so many seniors including me have looked forward to since we were freshmen.”

During the hiatus, track has been doing workouts from home that involve fast-paced interval training and long runs to keep in shape. 

“It’s unfortunate that my last season of track and my last season of high school had to end off like this. I know a lot of people who are planning to run in college, [but] as of now, it’s unpredictable for what’s going to happen during their college career. I was supposed to end off with my fastest lap times, but now, I’ll probably never get the chance,” distance runner senior Joey Fan said. 

Badminton has been doing individual practices and exercises to build up stamina and perfect their skills over the break. Some players are training at home by doing leg workouts, running or biking. 

“I’m pretty bummed out since it was only the beginning of the season and then we [were] done,” doubles player junior Alicia Chong said. “I think that this break will affect us quite a bit because we are unable to go to proper courts to train and play with each other. It might be harder for us [next year] since we won’t have such a tight bond. Most of the second year players already have a good relationship with one another, so I’m sure it would still be good.” 

Additionally, boys golf has been practicing individually at home by working on swings and improving on chipping skills, in which the ball pops into the air, hits the ground and then rolls toward the hole. The team missed its own tournament at the California Country Club that was scheduled for Monday, March 30.

“The current situation impacts us a lot since we have to cancel most of the matches and tournaments we [were planning] to play in,” senior Tyler Nguyen said. “It also sucks because I’m a senior and I can’t play the majority of my last season.”

Although tennis courts are closed until Friday, April 10, boys tennis has also been practicing on its own during the break. 

“It’s disappointing, but hopefully, we’ll still be able to play a few games when we come back. I don’t think [the break] will affect me much or next year’s season, but I feel bad for the seniors since this is their last year,” doubles player junior Ryan Leung said. 

Baseball has been unable to practice as a team, but players are continuing to train at home by taking batting practice, playing catch and working out to improve their individual skills. 

“Even though we are not on the field as a team, we can all keep improving ourselves individually,” junior Scotty Ike said. “I’m not sure how this is going to change our season, but we are all really bummed out.”

Softball has also been doing home workouts such as batting and everyday drills to still practice and improve their skills despite the hiatus.

“It’s really sad our season was cut because I was looking forward to playing with my team. We were all so excited to play together. During off season, we all just clicked so easily and made strong bonds with one another,” sophomore Julz Gutierrez said. 

As of now, there is no concrete plan to make up canceled games for spring sports. Furthermore, there is still uncertainty revolving around how the current situation could impact next year’s fall season.

“[The situation] is devastating. I’ve never been involved in something like this throughout my whole life,” athletics director Jerry Person said. “I feel bad for seniors in their spring season and are unable to compete and they won’t be able to do that again. It’s unfortunate for them, but [the athletic directors and I] are trying to figure out a way to allow seniors to have a chance to compete.”

By Alison Ho, Coverage editor-in-chief and sports editor
Photo by Mia Nam

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