Highline College

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Quarantine finishes local athletes’ spring seasons

Ashlee Stacy Staff Reporter May 27

Spring sport athletes who would be participating for their school teams and even summer league teams are stuck at home in quarantine.

Years of hard work are now down the drain for some seniors.

Highline High School senior Brittany Sloan said, “This was my last year and I was hoping to get to play one last time.” Sloan had participated in her school’s softball team for the past two years and does not plan on playing softball in college.

Sloan was hoping to have a strong performance this season, looking to go to state and create bonds with her younger classmates.

A teammate of Sloan’s, Sierra Roger,s is one of the captains of the softball team. “It broke my heart because I’ve been working hard my last three years of high school,” she said.

Rogers was hoping to play at the Central Washington University.

“College ball has been a dream of mine since elementary,” Rogers said. “This season was my last chance. I don’t know if it’s going to happen now.”

Aliyah Hunter, a senior at Fife High School, said she wanted to create memories with her younger classmates despite not participating in a spring sport. Hunter played on Fife’s basketball and soccer teams earlier this year.

“I was looking forward to watching my younger teammates and cheer them on,” Hunter said.

Although Hunter does not participate in spring sports, she does participate in playing basketball over the summer.

“Playing with your travel team isn’t something you get to see a lot,” Hunter said. She was looking forward to playing in a summer league but there have been many cancellations of tournament opportunities.

Instead of dwelling on the cancellation of her summer league, Hunter is still trying her best to prepare herself for her upcoming college basketball season at Menlo College in California.

“The pandemic shouldn’t stop you from getting better every day…getting out of bed is already a step of accomplishment for most people,” Hunter said.

Athletes in the process of being recruited or are already recruited cannot afford to take time off.

“If you really love the sport you do, you’ll find a way to get better despite the current situation,” Hunter said.

Alongside with Hunter, Ishmael Togi from Highline High School is working hard to prepare himself for his football season at Simon Fraser University in Canada this coming fall.

Togi was planning to participate in track and field at his high school for the first time, to help prepare him for his college season.

“I have been doing many body workouts sent to me by my strength and conditioning coach,” Togi said. “Working out at home is a good alternative to hitting the weight room but it can’t actually replace it.”

Football requires a lot of strength and stamina. Togi said he is doing his best to prepare for fall season.

“I feel like the pandemic isn’t allowing me to be in the greatest shape I can be in right now, but it will help build my character,” Togi said.