By Wayne Crick
What a difference a pandemic makes on everything we do. Instead of watching live high school baseball games, track and field competitions, girls soccer and girls tennis, sports enthusiasts are searching media devices to view past performances in all those sports and more to satisfy their thirst. The sudden suspension of almost all sporting events has the public scrambling to find a happy medium of entertainment until the seasonal sports scene returns to a more normal stream of viewing for those who have insatiable cravings for the spring high school activities.
When my good friend, and middle school teaching colleague, Gary Burke asked me to join him in the DCI’s sports department 28 years ago, I was skeptical of my ability to be an efficient part of the staff. There have been many high points in my tenure as a sports writer and some disappointing low points, such as Delta County teams failing to move on in playoffs and the lack of team and individual titles for community favorites in a variety of sports.
There’s no doubt this year’s COVID19 pandemic is the most disappointing episode in so many ways. The thought of such a tremendous loss of life associated with the current virus is mind-boggling for people of all ages, especially the younger generation who are enduring an interruption in their lives as a student-athlete in the education systems of the world. A lot of life’s lessons are taught in everyday life with educational institutions providing a vast majority of some of the toughest lessons life has to offer. As a sports writer, and a coach for many years, I totally believe sports teach many of the things life is based on.
After seeing the devastation COVID19 unleashed on society, even the most adamant of those people, who believed there was a conspiracy behind the pandemic, believe we are now engaged in a unified effort to end the virus that has changed daily life drastically. Freedoms we took for granted are curtailed to fit the need for change that will bring everything back to where they once were.
The efforts to continue each student-athletes educational progression has been met with professional dedication and commitment by all teachers and staff within district 50J’s boundaries. Accolades to the instructors at all levels who are now manning social media outlets to stay in contact with their students and provide the final days of instruction for the school year.
One of the truly gut-wrenching things about the COVID19 pandemic is the loss of an experience only high school seniors have the privilege of experiencing. The senior year is a time for celebration relished by students and parents, and appreciative teachers, that cannot be duplicated. A senior’s final year in sports is also a cherished time to revel in the fact goals were achieved providing a deep satisfaction of accomplishment along life’s journey.
Educators at all levels will sometimes tell you they are happy a school year is over, but, for the most part, the true educator who is in the profession for the right reasons honestly can’t wait until the next year begins so they can share knowledge with tomorrow’s leaders.
The amount of sports DCI readers can expect the rest of the school year depends greatly upon the resumption of spring sports. Summer sports programs are also in jeopardy at this time. When there is sports available to be reported, the DCI Sports Department will strive to have it ready for publication as soon as possible.