This sucks. There’s no two ways about it.
The UIL was forced to pull the plug on the spring 2020 sports on Friday, April 17, after Gov. Greg Abbott announced schools would remain closed for the remainder of the year due to the coronavirus outbreak.
It sucks because I love sports. I love seeing the work of these kids put on display. I love being a small part of memories that will last a lifetime.
It sucks because, not too long ago, I was a senior in high school. But I got to go out on my terms and hold my head high. There were no what-ifs or maybes, just finality.
That’s why my heart broke for these teams and the seniors on Friday after hearing Gov. Abbott’s announcement and then the UIL’s subsequent release saying the season was over.
The stories were just starting to heat up. Charlotte softball was on a tear with hopes of making the state tournament in May. The Pleasanton women’s soccer team looked poised to finally get over the regional semifinal hump. Jourdanton’s baseball team was gearing up to defend their 30-3A title.
I cannot begin to imagine the gut-wrenching feeling they’re experiencing right now. I can only hope it will be a bigger lesson about the uncertainty in life that they can pull from in the real world.
But, like I said, this is for you, seniors.
That’s why we at the Pleasanton Express are working on a spring sports special section called “What could’ve been.”
Much like our fall sports preview, every school will be represented in this special.
The plan behind this is to honor the seniors from each school while also capturing the raw emotion of this unprecedented time.
It looks as though endof year sports banquets will not happen. But those kids who would receive awards deserve recognition.
That’s why we will publish every award and scholarship handed out by each school that the seniors should receive at a banquet. They will be put into each school’s section.
We will also showcase some of the most compelling stories of Atascosa County senior studentathletes and teams. There will be stories for each school.
With this, we will pick two stories to feature on the front cover of the special.
We understand these times hurt for so many people, especially these athletes. That’s why we hope it will give athletes, coaches and families something to cherish.