Sports in the Time of Covid

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Adolfo Santos, Reporter

By Adolfo Santos

This year’s sports at Sedro-Woolley High School have been tough due to Covid-19. However, the school had students show up and participate, according to Jerry Gardner, the athletic director for Sedro-Woolley High School.

“Covid has had a major impact and shortened our season,” said Gardner.

“All our sports got cut by 70% and we’ve had limited contact with coaches. We’ve had to adjust weekly some sports have been greatly affected with masks and social distancing.”

The hardest part about this has been the ability for colleges to recruit seniors.

“I think that the opportunities to see athletes have been very slim, and this stopped a lot of colleges and coaches coming to see tryouts. All the same, three students have been picked by colleges,” said Gardner.

Three students that have been recruited are Claire Hindman, Olivia Iskson and Kaden Plymale. Claire Hindman signed on March 31, 2021 to play volleyball D2 volleyball for Hawaii Pacific University. Olivia Isakson signed her letter of intent on November 11, 2020 to play D1 soccer for Seattle University and Kaden Plymale signed on March 16th to play football for Clark University.

The upside to the short sport’s season this year has been positive interaction and creative practices which made sports more productive and less boring.

“We’ve learned how to communicate and have positive interactions,” said Gardner. “We’ve had virtual meetings that have helped and had creative practices and learned to appreciate what we have accomplished.”

Sports always found a way to interacted with each together.

“Spring sports went great this year, all things considered,” said Jonathan Lee, coach of track and football, also P.E at Sedro-Woolley High School. “From a track and field standpoint, it was really hard to get everyone in good running shape in just 7 weeks.”

It seems like a lot of athletes just got settled in and the season was over.

This year was a roller coaster but we got through the toughest obstacles which was surprising and hopefully things go back to normal, or at least close to normal. Some great things that happened were that students came back to school and participated with sports and got as much done as possible.