If you know Hillsboro tennis coach Dyke Buerkett, you know that the shelter-in part of the COVID-19 outbreak has hit the avid cyclist hard.
"The hardest thing, not just for me but for those of us who are highly mobile, is that we are used to far greater freedoms than the virus restrictions allow. It has not been fun!" Buerkett said. "Taking away our physical activity is having a dramatic impact."
On the job, the impact is just as great as the virus has put on hold the season for Buerkett and his Tennis Toppers, including seniors Brayden Bolyard, Jacen King, Joe Mattson, Trevor Hartman, Dane Huber,Tyler Watson, Wesley Stockstill, Alex White, Wilson Hamby, Dylan McCammack and Josh Bauman.
"We are missing out on our daily social interactions at school, as well as the togetherness of tennis practice after school," Buerkett lamented.
Still, Buerkett knows that the restrictions are for the greater good and he has tried to make sure that his players know that as well.
"In a couple of group chats I have mentioned, with the weather turning for the better, we think we can go and do anything, maybe feeling invincible? I hoped to be very clear to them, we ALL can get it, even if we don’t fully understand! Let’s all “heed the advice “ to take care!"
Buerkett's exuberance and his care for his students and players is one of the reasons why so many athletes have tried tennis at Hillsboro. Let's hope they have a chance to hit the court soon.