Senior athletes reflect on spring season cancellations


Photo by Kate Knauff

Junior Connor McGinnis hits a ball during a game. The baseball season was halted before districts.

On April 17  the Universal Interscholastic League announced that all Spring activities and championships would be cancelled due to COVID-19.

Sports such as softball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, tennis and golf had their seasons cancelled around the time districts and state competitions would have normally begun. Athletes hoped their seasons would commence when schools reopened, but governor Greg Abott recently announced that Texas schools will be closed for the remainder of the year.

Tennis player, senior Finley Blair, reflects about not being able to complete her final season.  

“I’m super disappointed about my final season ending so abruptly,” Blair said. “I wanted to be able to spend as much time with the team and competing for the school as possible, and it’s sad that I won’t be able to do that for my last year.” 

The tennis team was preparing for districts before the virus outbreak. Blair had a successful season so far, placing in a majority of the spring tournaments with her doubles partner.  

“I think we had a chance of advancing past districts if we stayed really focused,” Blair said. “I’m honestly really disappointed about the remainder of our season being cancelled. I was really excited to be able to play in districts and hopefully get to regionals, so not being able to play made me very disappointed.” 

Along with Blair, all spring sports have seniors who are not able to participate in their final year of high school sports. First baseman Casey Deloach is one of the many seniors missing out on their final baseball season. 

“[Stay in place orders] definitely came as a shock to our entire team, and not in a good way,” Deloach said. “For many of us seniors, this was going to be our last season ever to play the game of baseball, including me, so I definitely wish it didn’t have to end this way. That being said, with the time we did spend together, our team still made some great memories and played some good baseball before it ended.” 

The baseball season halted on the team’s third and final tournament before districts. The spring season was going well for the baseball team, and the players were hoping to have the same success advancing through playoffs as the previous year.  

“It sucks that I won’t be able to play with all my brothers even after we all have worked so hard to become the unit we are,” junior Trent McCown. “The season I felt was going in the right direction. We were really coming together as a whole after our Houston tournament. We all found our roles and we all love each other.”