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Canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Spring Sports Canceled

On March 12 it seemed like the entire sports world came to a halt. At the beginning of the day, every single division one conference basketball tournament was canceled. Multiple states had canceled high school tournaments. Schools in Kansas were lucky as they got to play at least one state game. The Rockets basketball team took advantage of that and knocked off top seeded Parsons in the opening game of the tournament. However, they wouldn’t get to play again as KSHSAA announced, due to the COVID-19 virus, they were canceling the remainder of the tournament. Following that news there seemed to be no good news that followed. Governor Kelly announced on March 17 that all K-12 school buildings in Kansas would be closed for the rest of the school year; however, schools would still provide continuous learning for their students. KSHSAA followed up shortly thereafter by announcing that all of the spring sports season would also be canceled. That meant that seniors who played softball, baseball, golf, track, girls’ soccer, and girls’ swimming wouldn’t get to play their final season as a Rocket. It was some of the worst news players could hear, finding out all they had worked for wouldn’t be able to be showcased. “It’s just devastating working for a long time and getting a season taken away from you, especially your senior season,” said softball senior Izy Cain, who is committed to Hesston College. “I am thankful to have more softball ahead of me but I wish I got another year with this group of girls.” Head golf coach Matt Browning also felt pain for his team this year. “It was really difficult having to tell the guys we weren’t having a season. We felt like we had a group that could have competed for a state tournament bid.” Noah Locke was another senior golfer who qualified for state last year and was bound to have an impressive season but will not get to see it happen. Throughout the entire school, there is sadness for the seniors who didn’t get to finish their season, and never even got start one also. Teams will be left forever wondering what could have been in that 2019-2020 spring sports season. Undoubtedly, it is a heartbreaking way to end a school and sports year. ”