Center & Guard: A Spring Season 'Sidelined'

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With everything under the sun cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic (and rightfully so), you can’t help but see signs of people mourning the loss of events that they were looking forward to.

As sports editor of The Journal-News, I wanted to look a little closer at how the outbreak has affected the coaches who I work closely with in the spring sports seasons. So on Tuesday, I sent out emails to the men and women who give up time with their own families to make sure that student athletes have the opportunity to experience athletics as a part of their high school experience.

A lot of these people have become friends over the years, several of whom have been coaching for way longer than I’ve been at the paper. To hear the disappointment in their voices and the concern for their student-athletes was heartbreaking.

Coaching is an extremely tough job, especially when extra stress is put on them by outside sources, but evidently, being a coach and not being able to coach is even tougher.

I’ve heard from several coaches already and I’m sure some more will respond when they have time. “Sidelined” will tell their stories and hopefully, give you some perspective on what they, and their athletes, are dealing with.

I’m still holding out hope that some sort of season can be salvaged, but I know that might not be a possibility. Regardless of whatever happens, I’m going to do my best to make sure that this year’s senior spring athletes know that their work over the last three years was not all for naught.

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