West Texas athletes discuss life without sports due to COVID-19



The Customary-Occasions carried out a sequence of video convention calls with space highschool student-athletes just lately.

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The “group chats” included between 3-6 athletes every session together with a moderator. The athletes have been requested a sequence of questions concerning the postponements, cancellations and different results they’re experiencing due to the COVID-19 pandemic laws.

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This is what the contributors needed to say:

Colton Diebitsch

• Senior, Wall

• Soccer, Baseball

Wall baseball made faculty historical past with its first state title in 2019. The Hawks have been hoping to repeat that historical past in 2020, however the COVID-19 pandemic shut down all faculty actions halfway via March, and issues modified without end.

Diebitsch and senior teammates Luke Younger and Caleb Heuertz have tried to deal with the lack of the season.

“Coming into our freshman 12 months, we have been simply able to be up there our senior 12 months and have the ability to lead the crew. Now, we’re having that chance taken away. It sucks, however you possibly can’t do a lot about it.”

In mid-March when the UIL State Basketball Event was suspended, Wall was nearing the tip of nondistrict play and about to begin up protection of its district, regional and state titles.

The Hawks, though staying at house, tried to remain in form whereas they waited for the resumption of the season.

“We have been doing most of our regular stuff, doing particular person classes and holding our hitting and fielding in line.”

Finally, your entire spring sports activities season was canceled.

“It’s type of unlucky that it was our senior 12 months. Fortunate for (Younger and Heuertz), they get to play baseball in school. However for me, it was going to be my final 12 months to play, so I imply, I’ll miss it for certain.”

Regardless of his success in soccer and baseball, Diebitsch mentioned he had already determined he wouldn’t pursue athletics in school.

“Most likely since my sophomore 12 months, I used to be all the time debating about whether or not or not I ought to play in school, however lastly, I made a decision this 12 months that I believe I can simply reside with taking part in sports activities ‘again within the day’ and deal with schooling now.”

Going out with a bang on the baseball diamond was a dream interrupted.

Luke Younger

• Senior, Wall

• Baseball

Younger was the state event MVP final 12 months after pitching the win within the remaining in opposition to Blanco.

“It’s unhappy we received’t ever get to play like this once more. we received’t get to see how far we might have gotten.”

Younger, who will proceed his profession at Midland Faculty, is a part of a freshman group chat along with his future teammates the place among the discuss has been about whether or not the season would occur, after which what would occur past this spring.

“We’ve talked concerning the virus. We’re simply going to must see the way it performs out.”

Like many households, the Youngs had a visit deliberate after the state event. The journey to Mexico, deliberate in December, has been pushed again to July however remains to be unsure.

Younger mentioned a lot of the recommendation from adults – none of whom have ever skilled the same scenario – has been to “management what we will management.”

However that’s been exhausting.

“All of us positively need to return and attempt to win it once more.”

Caleb Heuertz

• Senior, Wall

• Soccer, Baseball

Heuertz was the 3A Participant of the Yr final 12 months and the crew’s MVP since his sophomore 12 months. He signed to play with Midland Faculty a couple of month after his teammate Luke Younger, and the 2 will room collectively within the fall.

“It sucks for certain as a result of we received’t get to play collectively once more for the remainder of our lives.”

Like Younger, Heuertz had an enormous journey deliberate for the summer season.

“We had a visit deliberate to go to the Dominican (Republic), and thru that, I used to be going to play summer season ball.”

Heuertz mentioned it wasn’t exhausting being motivated within the first few weeks of the suspension.

“We type of already know what to do on our personal, so we had that half discovered.”

Being self-motivated to maintain himself in form was simpler than going via concussion protocol, which stored him out of soccer video games this fall.

“That actually sucked. The one distinction is I’m capable of do stuff now and never locked in darkish room.”

Whereas Diebitsch, Younger and Heuertz have been observing good hygiene practices, “We often see one another two or 3 times per week. We’re not excellent at social distancing.”

Slone Stultz

• Senior, Mason

• Soccer, Tennis

Some of the embellished West Texas space soccer gamers within the class of 2020, Stultz hoped to exit with a bang on the tennis court docket.

“I used to be actually dissatisfied usually because this 12 months, we had somewhat rougher soccer season than we might have preferred, and I wished to finish highschool on a excessive observe. This 12 months, the best way the schedule labored, we might have graduated the day after state tennis and we might have graduated state champions.”

Stultz, who teamed with fellow senior Kyle Montoya final 12 months to complete runner-up at state in 2A boys doubles, had simply helped Mason win the state title in crew tennis the week earlier than spring break in 2020.

Stultz mentioned he and Matthew Kerr have been going to pair up this 12 months.

“He received state final 12 months in singles, so we thought we have been going to have a extremely good shot at successful state this 12 months, however coronavirus had one thing to say about that.”

Stultz was the Defensive MVP within the 2018 Class 2A Division I state title recreation, when the Punchers accomplished a 16-Zero season. The 2019 season didn’t finish in a repeat of the state title, however Stultz was voted 2A Participant of the Yr, and he’ll proceed his soccer profession at Angelo State.

He will probably be rooming with Brady brothers Weston and Walker Bauer. Walker is a senior at Brady, whereas Weston will probably be ending up his senior season at ASU this fall. All are wanting ahead to the season.

“I hope it will get cleared up for subsequent fall so we will all play collectively.”

Shaylee Shiller

• Junior, Wall

• Cross Nation, Basketball, Observe and discipline

Shiller has not missed a single UIL state working competitors. Not till this spring.

As a freshman, she was the highest runner for Wall’s fourth-place crew on the UIL State Cross Nation Championships. She completed eighth total. As a sophomore, Shiller was seventh total and Wall was second as a crew. This previous fall, she made it three-for-three, inserting seventh at state whereas Wall was third total.

The final two springs, Shiller has been a part of Wall’s state-meet qualifying 4×400-meter relay, the place the Woman Hawks have been fifth in 2018 and third in 2019. Classmate Maci Beeles has additionally been part of these cross nation and relay groups.

“That was certainly one of my first ideas, simply primarily as a result of, as quickly as we went to state our freshman 12 months, you need to go to state all 4 years, so it actually stinks. … Folks would inform me, ‘Don’t take it as a right,’ and I used to be like, ‘Yeah, no matter’ nevertheless it’s simply made me extra grateful for attending to go to state twice now that I don’t get to do it this 12 months.”

The entire athletic 12 months is a course of for Shiller, who’s a Woman Hawk basketball participant. A lot of her teammates deal with summer season basketball on the primary day again to high school after regional monitor weekend.

“Emotionally, for me, we’ve carried out sports activities our whole life and we’ve by no means had an offseason, so it’s bizarre to not do something. I actually don’t know what to do with plenty of my time.”

Many universities, if not all, are cancelling their standard slate of camps for youth, junior excessive and highschool athletes. There aren’t any crew camps, no summer season league, no AAU choose crew motion.

“It’s type of exhausting to determine what we’re going to do and if we’re going to do something in any respect. We’re simply taking it someday at a time.”

Logan Glover

• Junior, San Saba

Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Observe and discipline

Glover was the highest participant for the San Saba boys basketball crew that was a number of hours away from tipping off on the UIL State Basketball Event, which was first postponed, then canceled.

Since March 11, Glover and his teammates have waited to search out out if they’d get to renew their basketball season.

 “You understand, it damage all of us. We had simply gotten via our shootaround after the Jayton and Slidell recreation, and we simply acquired again to our resort room and we heard. It actually damage all of us. We have been type of shocked at first, however we couldn’t actually do something about it, so….”

The entire groups that certified for the boys state event have been just lately awarded gold medals and crew trophies.

Glover, who’s a prime soccer participant for the Armadillos and earned all-state honors at defensive again, deliberate to attend a number of camps over the summer season the place many athletes are seen by school coaches.

“Proper now, these are placed on maintain. I’m positively making an attempt to remain energetic. The monitor is open to the general public right here in San Saba and I’ve been working up there. I’ve acquired a few pals with some weight racks. So we’ve been throwing the soccer round, lifting weights.”

Jack Marshall

• Senior, Brady

• Tennis, Observe and discipline

The world didn’t finish for Marshall though his streak on the state tennis event did.

Marshall is the two-time defending champion in 3A boys singles, however nobody will put on that crown this 12 months. He will even miss a shot at a 3rd consecutive journey to the state monitor meet, the place he competed in three occasions final 12 months.

“I used to be dissatisfied at first, however I used to be anticipating it. I’m fortunate sufficient to have a possibility to compete at one other degree, so the subsequent time I run, I’ll be in a university uniform and it’ll make subsequent 12 months that rather more particular.”

Marshall’s tennis profession is likely to be over, however he had already agreed to dash for NCAA Division I Abilene Christian.

After almost successful the state title final 12 months within the 200 meters, Marshall was working exhausting to lastly stand on the prime of the awards podium.

“I miss the scent of the rubber on the monitor. I miss the meets. All of your work from the start of the monitor season to the tip, that’s the place you get to point out out and see what you’ve acquired.”

Final summer season, Marshall began to essentially like golf, and attending to play recently on Brady’s still-open course has been a consolation. Particularly for the reason that Marshall household’s summer season plans have been cancelled.

One other factor that’s helped is being a mentor to his youthful brother, who’s an eighth-grader.

“It’s a very good time to get higher, and now I’m simply capable of assist him get higher. … All the main focus in my home will go onto my brother, so I’m excited for him. Excited to see what he can do.”

Courtnee Money

• Junior, San Saba

• Cheer, Cross nation, Basketball, Observe and discipline

Money, who certified for the 2A state monitor meet in three occasions final 12 months and was 11th total on the state cross nation meet within the fall, was wanting ahead to basketball season.

She pushed via a knee damage that ought to have sidelined her, and the eventual all-state choice helped her crew inside one recreation of the state event.

This spring, she was wanting ahead to a top-three end within the 200 and perhaps a shot at gold together with her 4×400 relay crew members.

“I nonetheless have subsequent 12 months, however I actually do really feel for our seniors, as a result of I used to be near them. I really feel actually dangerous for them. It’s by no means a very good deal when a season will get taken away. A season — like you possibly can hit new PRs, can do the whole lot you wished to do final 12 months, and the whole lot you’ve been working for since final 12 months. It’s type of exhausting to swallow.”

Money had a slate of basketball camps lined up the place she hoped to presumably earn a scholarship, however these are presumably, if not in all probability, off the agenda. She’s been within the San Saba fitness center, alone, for weeks.

“I’ve been going each day, all hours of the day, and doing basketball drills, over and over.”

She mentioned motivational messages from her coach have helped, however not as a lot as in-person experiences.

“I simply miss my teammates being there, only for their motivation, and my coach’s motivation. Having to do the whole lot alone, you’re not going to run your greatest time in apply. You’re positively not going to run your greatest time with out competitors. Even in apply, though they’re your teammates, that’s nonetheless competitors and also you compete to get higher.”

Quinton McMullan

• Senior, Sterling Metropolis

• Soccer, Basketball, Observe and discipline, Golf

McMullan has been a mainstay for Sterling Metropolis athletics since his freshman 12 months, advancing to state in golf three years and monitor and discipline two years. He felt assured in his and his teammates possibilities to compete at state in each these sports activities once more this 12 months.

“It’s a tragic deal. You don’t get to spend time with all the fellows you’ve been hanging out with for 4 years. Our crew put in a lot work in the course of the summer season. We did the work. We did all of it and it’s simply unhappy, realizing we’re not getting the possibility to point out how exhausting we labored.”

The Eagles made the playoffs in soccer and likewise superior to the regional semifinals in basketball, the primary time for the college for the reason that 1998 season.

His faculty has additionally been discussing commencement choices. Afterward, the McMullan household all the time goes on a visit.

“Two years in the past, it was the Grand Canyon. Final 12 months, we went to Yellowstone Nationwide Park. This 12 months, we have been going to Colorado. We’re simply making an attempt to attend it out and see in the event that they’re even going to allow us to do something.”

He mentioned it isn’t simply disappointing for the coaches and athletes.

“My dad and mom have been super supporters. I actually suppose my dad and mom are extra upset concerning the state monitor meet than I’m. My mother is … she was fairly upset.”

To his youthful teammates, he emphasised seizing the second.

“Hold your heads up. Don’t let this discourage you. You continue to have yet one more 12 months. Me, I’m carried out. So don’t take something as a right. You’ve acquired all this further time, simply get on the market, work your butts off and have enjoyable doing it, as a result of it received’t final.”

Skyler Brooks

• Senior, Miles

• Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Observe and discipline, Tennis

Brooks, a sprinter-jumper, is certainly one of a handful of athletes in Texas who had the possibility to qualify to the state monitor meet all 4 years. The College of North Carolina-bound slugger was additionally hoping for Miles’ greatest softball season in her 4 years.

“This 12 months was imagined to be our probability to go fairly deep (within the playoffs). We felt fairly good about it.”

Brooks is busying herself with exercises from her North Carolina coaches and spending time with household.

“I’ve even painted, which I don’t ever get to do, and cooked so much. For me, I don’t have plenty of destructive feelings. I acquired to do plenty of the issues I don’t usually get to do, and it’s type of slowed my life down somewhat bit. It was type of a bummer we didn’t get to do the larger meets, regional, state, however I’m cool with how I left it.”

The more severe half has been lacking her teammates, however she’s been capable of self-motivate.

“Working for that subsequent degree – and we’re blessed to have that subsequent degree – and to take a look at it some other manner is a waste. I don’t need to waste any second to have the ability to dive deeper and get higher. Now, it’s extra of a reduce path to what I would like, so I suppose that’s type of a very good factor.”

Tad Kirby

• Senior, Mason

• Soccer, Observe and discipline

Kirby has been wanting ahead to defending his 2A boys 200-meter state championship virtually since he stepped off the medals stand a 12 months in the past.

“What I miss essentially the most is with the ability to get on the market and compete, to make Mason look good. On the meets, we roll out on this large group and we dominate, and I simply miss with the ability to exit and compete for my faculty.”

Kirby had already secured his athletic future by signing with Harding College in Arkansas, however he hoped to construct on what he and his teammates began final 12 months.

Kirby ran a personal-best time of 21.83 seconds to win the 200 after which anchored the Puncher mile relay to a bronze medal.

“We had a reasonably good group of children working on the mile relay this 12 months, and we have been progressing nicely. We might have gone to state. And within the 200, I might have in all probability gone again and defended that, and have been excited to exit and compete for Mason.”

Kirby is wanting ahead to Mason’s commencement ceremony, which will probably be a parade of seniors and their households in automobiles across the picturesque city sq., and is making an attempt to nonetheless have enjoyable but in addition get his work carried out.

“My sleep schedule type of acquired tousled little bit, nevertheless it’s again to a normal-ish time, so I get up, eat my breakfast after which work on my lessons and ensure I get sufficient classwork carried out the place I can spend a lot of the day to do no matter I would like. This weekend, we went to the lake, in order that was good. We made certain we stayed away from individuals.”

Brighton Adams

• Junior, San Saba

• Cross nation, Basketball, Observe and discipline

Adams is the Class 2A ladies defending state champion within the 800 meters and was coming off an look within the regional remaining in basketball. She competed in a single meet earlier than the UIL’s choice.

“I’m fairly dissatisfied and upset about it. I wished to return and compete on the state meet, however, sadly, that acquired reduce brief. It’s very irritating and upsetting. It’s a 12 months we will’t get again. It’s not enjoyable to undergo.”

She was additionally second leg on a 4×400 relay which got here near successful gold and near breaking the four-minute barrier and was a member of San Saba’s sixth-place 4×200 relay crew.

In July, the Adams household was imagined to journey to Costa Rica for a marriage.

Within the meantime, Adams is getting ready for her senior 12 months in cross nation and basketball. She was seventh within the state final 12 months in cross nation and an all-region choice in basketball.

“I raise (weights) each day and likewise go run on the monitor with some individuals. I attempt to keep energetic and never get out of form.”

Humberto Torralba

Manuel Torralba

• Seniors, Ozona

• Cross nation, Observe and discipline

After each certified to state in 2A cross nation, the twins have been hoping to make it to state in monitor in presumably the 800 or the 1,600 and perhaps even the mile relay.

Manny mentioned the abrupt finish to the season and their careers is a actuality that many others additionally face.

“Often, in life or something, only a few individuals dedicate sufficient time and work, and hours into something, whether or not or not it’s athletics, UIL teachers, or artwork. And often, like 99 p.c of the time, when one places in sufficient work and hours, there’s all the time some type of reward. We’ve been placing in hours of working, miles on the monitor, and there’s not a reward. That’s the cruel actuality. You’ll be able to’t cry about it as a result of it’s occurred to everybody. Nevertheless it’s so out of the norm to not get that feeling of satisfaction afterward.”

Bert mentioned having a twin made them each higher rivals and that it is usually serving to now.

“My brother and I’ve been occurring runs, simply making an attempt to remain in form. Since we’re twins, we all know the opposite one can sustain and then you definitely push actually exhausting as a result of you recognize, how can I let him beat me if we’re precisely the identical?”

Bert wished to ask all of the athletes what a part of exercise they missed most.

“You may miss the easy-day exercises, however even now, I miss the toughest exercises. I miss quarter day,” Manny mentioned.

“Yeah, quarter day was nice,” Bert mentioned.

The twins selected the College of Texas over Texas A&M to proceed their schooling and can solely run for enjoyable and train any longer.

Manny mentioned their upbringing brings perspective on what’s occurred.

“We often go to work with our dad. He’s a ranch hand, mechanic, plumber, you identify it. However he taught us to understand how robust the world is, and each time issues like this occur, we all know, life might be manner more durable.”

Kendra Hoover

• Senior, Water Valley

• Volleyball, Basketball, Observe and discipline

The all-state volleyball participant was second at state final 12 months within the 1A ladies discus throw and hoped to make it again this 12 months.

“Engaged on discus is one thing I’ve carried out with my dad ever since junior excessive. Again when my brother was nonetheless in highschool, it was him, me and my dad on a regular basis. After which when my brother graduated, it was simply me and my dad, on weekends, holidays, on a regular basis. It was simply one thing the place we acquired to spend time collectively, and now that’s been taken away. However we do get to go fishing so much.”

Whereas her athletic profession is over, and whereas adults round right here have been very supportive and sympathetic, Hoover is wanting forward. She is going to attend Angelo State and is rooming with a fellow West Texan.

“One factor that’s actually serving to me is to stay up for the longer term. I discuss to the woman I’m going to room with each single day, and I’m actually attending to know her and planning. So, wanting ahead as a substitute of dwelling on the previous helps me so much.”

Along with taking part in on two UIL state volleyball event groups, Hoover helped the Woman Wildcats to the regional quarterfinals in basketball.

One good factor to return out of all of the downtime?

“Earlier than my junior 12 months, I began having a bunch of well being points, and I used to be simply actually, actually drained on a regular basis. However I’ve been getting numerous sleep recently, so I really feel so much higher now.”

Kyle Montoya

• Senior, Mason

• Soccer, Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Golf

Montoya was so busy final spring, there have been some moments in the course of the 12 months when he was not bodily on campus fairly often. It’s an enormous distinction to his senior spring.

“It was simply type of heartbreaking. You’re working actually exhausting as an underclassmen to show your self to the upperclassmen, and also you’re a senior and it’s lastly your season, your time to carry the bar for the underclassmen, and to have that taken away from you, it’s not the most effective feeling on the earth.”

Along with serving to Mason advance to the regional quarterfinals in baseball, Montoya was Slone Stultz’s doubles associate, and the 2 performed for the state championship in 2A. Montoya was additionally a part of a state-qualifying golf crew.

Montoya, who was additionally certainly one of Mason’s prime basketball gamers, will place kick for Hardin-Simmons’ soccer crew subsequent fall. He may additionally strive baseball for the Cowboys.

“I’ve been doing a bunch of exercises from Hardin-Simmons and laying within the pool on the home.”

Montoya has been lifting weights and spending time with household.

They’ve been “reminding me the whole lot occurs for a cause, and it’s time to push on and simply be the most effective you might be on the subsequent stage in your life.”

David Delgado

• Senior, Sonora

• Cross nation, Tennis, Observe and discipline

Delgado was certainly one of two juniors on the Sonora boys 4×400 relay crew final 12 months that completed fourth at state. Having a mile relay qualify to state is a yearly aim for the Broncos’ monitor program, and Delgado and fellow senior Wilson Johnson have been wanting ahead to ending their careers in Austin.

“It’s taken away numerous recollections I might have made my senior 12 months. For me personally, I used to be wanting ahead to plenty of this as a result of I suppose I did pretty nicely final 12 months, particularly in monitor, and I used to be wanting ahead to engaging in extra this 12 months. We all the time have a reasonably good relay yearly.”

Delgado and his teammates certified for the state crew tennis event, which was carried out the week earlier than spring break, and have been wanting ahead to an thrilling spring tennis season.

After qualifying to regional monitor and discipline within the triple leap as a junior and hoping to get to state in that occasion as a senior, Delgado mentioned he already felt like time was working out on his alternatives.

“I injured myself on the space meet after I was a sophomore, so I didn’t get to go to regional (in triple leap), and so final 12 months was my first 12 months to compete at state. So this (recommendation) is absolutely extra geared towards youthful athletes, however you have to strive your greatest in your youthful years so that you don’t really feel stress your senior 12 months, like if you wish to perhaps go compete in school. It took me some time to develop my expertise, and so simply attempt to develop that expertise earlier.”

Delgado will serve within the Marines after commencement.

Katelyn Bohensky

• Junior, Bronte

• Cheer, Volleyball, Cross nation, Basketball, Observe and discipline

After ending third on the state meet final 12 months within the Class 1A ladies pole vault, Bohensky hoped to vault her grade and perhaps win a state title earlier than she’s carried out at Bronte. In order that meant an 11-foot aim for her junior 12 months and a 12-foot aim for her senior 12 months.

She had a very good begin to the season, though it was only one meet.

“Simply from that meet, I’m ranked within the state in three of my 4 occasions. So I had an opportunity to go to state in a number of occasions.”

Bohensky’s dad and mom – Mike and Amy Bohensky – have been each nationwide champion rivals for Angelo State and have seen some ups and downs of their athletic careers.

“My dad’s fundamental phrases are, ‘It will finish quickly. This received’t take without end.’ Nevertheless it actually feels prefer it has taken without end. There’s not some ways to arrange for a way lengthy it will final and the way issues will probably be after we come again.”

One of many good issues to return out of no organized exercises or lessons is the added accountability.

“Most of my lessons have been already on-line so it wasn’t an enormous transition, school-wise. And I’ve loved with the ability to work on extra issues that I wished to, due to time administration. I management it myself. And I solely had one 12 months at volleyball so I’ve acquired extra time to enhance on that, in order that’s positively been good for me.”

Aaliyah Portales

• Senior, Reagan County

• Powerlifting

Very like in boys basketball throughout the state, the world of powerlifting was nearing its season conclusion when it was shut down. Powerlifting shouldn’t be ruled by the UIL however adopted consistent with what professional and school sports activities have been doing.

Portales was wanting ahead to a 3rd journey to the state finals and the potential for a crew championship. Six of her teammates have been supposed to hitch her at state.

“We have been imagined to do very well at state. Most of our ladies have been supposed to position, so we thought we might perhaps win it as a crew.”

Portales, who will raise subsequent 12 months for Midland College in Freemont, Nebraska, was additionally wanting ahead to nationwide competitors.

“I used to be fairly enthusiastic about that as a result of it’s an opportunity to go to the worlds after which journey overseas.”

Because the shutdown, Portales has centered on faculty work and the longer term.

“I’ve been understanding, spending time with my household. Since I wasn’t capable of do as a lot this spring, being with them makes it so much higher.”

Tristin Keller

• Sophomore, Mason

• Soccer, Basketball, Tennis, Observe and discipline

Keller, who helped the Mason Cowgirls attain the UIL State Basketball Event for the third 12 months in a row, was truly somewhat proud of a brief break after Mason’s season ended within the state semifinals.

“The state event ended and it’s exhausting for me to get previous that as a result of I wished yet one more step not less than. So throughout spring break, I used to be utilizing my time to relaxation and get it via my head.”

Regardless that she’s acquired two extra seasons, the all-state choice was simply midway via what she thought-about her most vital 12 months of growth and was wanting ahead to returning to the state monitor meet within the pole vault and perhaps one other occasion.

“Freshman 12 months is type of like your studying 12 months, after which you determine that is what I’m good at, that is what I need to put my time into. And so your sophomore 12 months, you hit the fuel and also you’re going up. And for those who don’t go up, you’re catching up. We went straight from basketball and had one spring break monitor meet and the season will get swept out from underneath you. This was my 12 months to show how good I might be.”

Keller mentioned it was exhausting wrapping her thoughts round how the pandemic might have an effect on her world in Mason, Texas.

“I positively was type of shocked. I knew this was an enormous deal however I believed, this doesn’t apply to us. We’re a small faculty, issues can’t have an effect on us that a lot, however apparently, they will.”

Now she’s hoping summer season basketball shouldn’t be additionally affected together with soccer within the fall. She hopes to be prepared it doesn’t matter what.

“This can be a time the true athletes are going to return out. Whoever actually desires it, that is the place it’s gonna present. Some youngsters aren’t enthusiastic about sports activities. They’re watching Netflix all day. However individuals who actually need it, they’ll use what they’ve, and that’s what I’m making an attempt to do.”

Baily Dawson

• Senior, Water Valley

• Volleyball, Basketball, Observe, Tennis

Dawson, an all-state volleyball participant who will proceed her athletic profession at Lamar Faculty in Lamar, Colorado, mentioned she felt like she and sophomore doubles associate Conner Glass had a very good shot at making the UIL State Tennis Event. She was additionally hoping to proceed her athletic growth throughout monitor season.

“I’m upset. It hurts, particularly with tennis. … It breaks my coronary heart I’ll by no means get to play with (Glass) once more, or mentor him, it’s so exhausting. And Coach (Micky) Baker was going to lastly be my hurdle coach. I wasn’t going to do monitor this 12 months, however he talked me into it and it upsets me that I received’t have the ability to get that have with Coach Baker and see how far I might get. It performs an enormous half in enhancing my vertical leap and my conditioning.”

Dawson and her class have a bunch chat titled the Class of Corona the place they’re discussing commencement ceremony choices. She defined that her class was given a selection since a lot else is out of their fingers.

“It’s unhappy. I’ve solely been at Water Valley for 2 years, however I’ve grown a robust reference to my class, and I received’t have the ability to stroll down that stage and see them and their households have fun them.”

Her recommendation to underclassmen is to understand each second, as a result of there aren’t any ensures.

“This might all blow over and if you may get that final season and end out, that’s wonderful. I took it as a right. By no means in 1,000,000 years would I’ve thought it might be this dangerous. We come again from spring break and all that is occurring. My senior 12 months is completed. And who is aware of if I’ll get to play in school. However simply maintain working and stick with the plan and maintain grinding.”

Kenzee Talamantez

• Senior, Ozona

• Cross nation, Observe and discipline

Talamantez has been competing for a very long time and it lastly paid off with a scholarship supply in February to run monitor at Midwestern State.

She was capable of run in two meets earlier than the cancellations.

“On the final meet, I had gotten my time down within the mile, however I didn’t understand it was going to be the final time I might be racing in highschool. … It blew my thoughts how briskly the whole lot occurred. I nonetheless labored out. I imply, I’m going to varsity to run and there aren’t any breaks, so I needed to maintain going it doesn’t matter what.”

Talamantez ran final 12 months at San Angelo Central, the place the women run three miles in cross nation as a substitute of two, just like the ladies on the 4A and decrease ranges. However going into her senior 12 months, she determined to return to Ozona.

“Central was very thrilling, I imply, it was 6A and I met plenty of pals, however I knew Ozona was my place, my hometown, and I wished to graduate with my friends, my household, my crew. I’m simply glad I acquired to spend not less than a number of months of my senior 12 months with my friends.”

She has been motivated by a bunch chat together with her senior classmates and by communication together with her future coach and teammates at Midwestern.

“I’m heartbroken simply because this isn’t one thing that anyone would need to occur in life basically, however I take a look at it, and if we will’t go to high school, if we will’t end the monitor season, then I imply God’s in charge of the whole lot, and we simply must maintain our heads up, do what we’re imagined to do and get issues carried out and pray and hope it will finish quickly.”

Valeria Ortiz

• Junior, Reagan County

• Volleyball, Basketball, Observe and discipline, Softball

Going into her “fundamental sport” and hoping to ascertain herself as a member of the Reagan County ladies 4×100 and 4×200 relays, Ortiz already felt time slipping away due to an damage that sidelined her throughout basketball season.

“I actually regarded ahead to trace. However after I ran my first monitor meet, I pulled my quad fully once more and it simply shattered me. This was imagined to be the 12 months the place I might have the ability to show myself at regionals.”

Her first response to the entire season being canceled was to distract herself.

“However then I knew I’ve to face the whole lot head-on so I simply stayed on my own and began understanding, to attempt to get the place I need to be. I’ve acquired to make up for misplaced time, and actually, understanding and working has helped me cope via this whole factor.”

Shedding most of her junior season, Ortiz has a way of urgency for her senior 12 months.

“I need to see all people work together with one another and for sports activities to COME BACK! I’d love seeing all people take part in athletic occasions once more, group gatherings, speaking to one another, and by no means taking something as a right. I simply need to see all people again in their very own groove and enhancing themselves.”

Kaitlyn Stephens

• Junior, Wall

• Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Observe and discipline

Stephens additionally feels a way of urgency after a “misplaced” junior 12 months.

A four-sport athlete for Wall, Stephens injured her knee in volleyball season and underwent surgical procedure. She missed her favourite – basketball season – and was solely just lately cleared to play softball and compete in monitor and discipline this spring.

“Emotionally, it stunk actual dangerous as a result of I simply acquired again. I didn’t get to play basketball, and my senior 12 months is subsequent 12 months so I really feel like I’ve to make up for misplaced time.”

She’s utilized among the similar methods that helped with rehab to getting via the newest athletic setback.

“In the beginning, I wasn’t an enormous runner, and I nonetheless hate it, however as soon as I’m carried out, I really feel completed, and it places me again to the place I used to be getting higher. And I nonetheless really feel like I’m getting higher.”

Along with her twin brother Pierce — who had shoulder surgical procedure after soccer season — Stephens has been motivated by her older brother Garrett, who pole vaults for Angelo State, and their father. She mentioned Garrett’s perspective has helped.

“He mentioned it’s similar to your summer season exercise, solely longer, so simply suppose how a lot better you may get, in order that’s actually holding me motivated.”

Stephens mentioned she hopes summer season league basketball will nonetheless occur, as a result of she remembers too nicely the way it felt to be on the sideline.

“It stinks that I didn’t get to play (basketball), however I moved on and softball was my fundamental focus. It was so superior to simply play a sport as a substitute of simply sitting on the bench watching.”

Kayla Myers

• Sophomore, Reagan County

• Cheer, Cross nation, Basketball, Observe and discipline

Whereas being a multisport athlete, Myers had her favourite.

“I used to be devastated when monitor season was reduce brief. That is my season, that’s the place I’m greatest, what I like essentially the most. … I used to be prepared for monitor season. Final 12 months, I went (to regional) as a relay alternate, and this 12 months was my 12 months to show one thing, to show that I belonged in a everlasting spot on that relay. And I ended up doing the relay, nevertheless it was crushing after I didn’t get to do an entire season to show who I used to be as an athlete.”

She’s gotten motivation from her brother Jake, who will coach at Reagan County subsequent 12 months.

“Daily that I don’t need to do one thing, my brother will take a look at me and say, ‘Do you need to get higher or not?’ And I do, so it’s an important motivator and it helps me. I need to show my brother incorrect. If he says I can’t, I need to do it and he is aware of that.”

Along with utilizing motivation and emotional assist supplied by household, Myers has leaned on her Christianity and hung out coaching and distracting herself with jigsaw puzzles.

When issues do begin to return to regular?

“I need to see individuals popping out otherwise. We get to see one another and that we’re glad, however I would like see individuals include a brand new price ethic and are available out of this stronger and tougher staff.”

Dylan Dodd

• Sophomore, Reagan County

• Soccer, Observe and discipline

Dodd was wanting ahead to trace and discipline season to prepare for soccer within the fall. However being out of college and out of the loop has been bizarre.

“It’s simply boring too, the identical factor, day in and time out. It’s monotonous to the place I forgot at this time was Tuesday. I believed it was Thursday. It will get previous and I can’t await the whole lot to get again to regular.”

Along with church, Dodd has been motivated by head soccer coach Blake Weston, who’s sending exercises and simply being on the “different finish of the road.”

“I’ve picked up some new hobbies. I’m taking part in my guitar extra. I’m gardening. Enjoying Xbox with my pals. I’ve been watching my brother, too. He’s 4 and he’s all over the place. I attempt to keep busy on a regular basis. If I sit and suppose, I get lonely and miss my pals, however so long as I’m busy, I’m good.”

Dodd has a two-part want going ahead.

“What I need to see is there be a therapy or vaccine and a few enchancment on the way to deal with individuals with this. And I actually need our services open. I actually need to see two-a-days occur on time. That’s what I work for all 12 months, so I’ll be very upset if that acquired postponed, shortened and even canceled due to this outbreak.”

Amy McDaniel is a multimedia sports activities journalist. Ship information tricks to amy.mcdaniel@gosanangelo.com. Contemplate supporting West Texas journalism with a subscription to GoSanAngelo.com.

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