Westside Varsity Athletes Reflect on Cancellation of Spring Season Due to COVID-19

Westside High School's baseball field remains empty this spring, due to the cancellation of the spring sports season brought by public health and safety concerns from COVID-19.

Claire Benson

Westside High School's baseball field remains empty this spring, due to the cancellation of the spring sports season brought by public health and safety concerns from COVID-19.

Westside High School athletes recently had their spring sport season cut short by COVID-19, with many Seniors  frustrated to miss out on their last high school sports season. Senior and varsity baseball player David Goodwin said that he was looking forward to this year’s baseball season and his position as an outfielder.

“[Not being able to play baseball] is devastating for sure,” Goodwin said. “Having your last season of a sport you’ve cherished your whole life stripped from you isn’t an easy task to overcome.”

Goodwin said that he has been exercising and completing traditional baseball workouts while at home.

“[In quarantine I’m practicing] what I would have done during the season [which is] lifting and hitting,” Goodwin said. “[Due to quarantine] I now have time to go on more runs and bike rides; I have also tried to incorporate body weight training and ‘HIIT’ workouts.”

Claire Benson
Westside High School’s girls tennis team also missed out on this year’s spring season due to COVID-19.

Sophomore and girls varsity tennis player Claire Bonnett said that she was disappointed that the girls varsity tennis team was not able to have a season this year. 

“I’m super bummed to have missed sophomore season because I felt like I made a lot of progress this summer while I was competing in [tennis] tournaments almost every weekend,” Bonnett said. “Sadly, we only got to completing tryouts before the season was [cut short] so we didn’t even get our rankings.”

Bonnett said she is using this extra time at home to improve on her tennis skills in preparation for next year’s season. 

“During quarantine I continue to play tennis at least three times a week,” Bonnett said. “[I also] go on a run at least twice a week.”

Goodwin said that there are several things to take away from this difficult situation and he stressed the gratitude he has for frontline healthcare workers.

“What we are going through sucks, but there are people dying [around the world] and [frontline healthcare workers who] are working 14-16 hour shifts to save them,” Goodwin said. “[Use this time and let quarantine] fuel you to greater accomplishments in life.”