Mr. Ryan Eaton
The class of 2020 was expecting to finish their last year of high school and begin a new and beautiful decade, full of great things to come; Everyone was ready to conquer the new decade with a bang, but unfortunately, this bang wasn’t going to be good.
Over the month of March 2020, CVU students have been on a roller coaster of events and emotions, starting with a two-week delay of school, then canceling school for the rest of the year, then postponing spring athletics. What’s next?
The VPA (Vermont Principals Association) gave athletes some hope early on, making a statement on the morning of March 27. “ At this time, we are not canceling the spring season. It may come to that. However, we feel it is important to gather further information and talk with some people about options, if any, that we may have. This situation has changed so rapidly in just the past week that it is hard to predict where we may be in another two or three weeks. It may be worse or maybe better. Time will tell. We feel that as an organization, we need to have more time before we can make a definitive decision. So again, the bottom line is that spring Sports have been suspended, but not canceled at this point.” Too many spring sport athletes, this is a blessing to hear; there is still hope for seniors to get their final season in.
The VPA said they would make their final decision on April 30th.
On April 30th at 10:55 a.m. CVU Athletic Director, Dan Shepardson, sent out an email to all athletes letting them know the devastating news. The email concluded in “…Bottom line, unfortunately, they (spring sports) are canceled.”
College athletes that compete during the spring season weren’t as lucky. The NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) canceled all spring sports and the remainder of all winter sports back in March, which includes one of the biggest sporting events of the year, March Madness.
And it just keeps on going down from here
Professional sports began cancellations in March, starting with the NBA, due in part to several players testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The first case of the virus we saw in the sports world was Rudy Gobert on the Utah Jazz. A couple of days before Gobert tested positive for COVID-19, he jokingly touched the mic and everything on the table at a press conference to mock the virus. ESPN talked about this issue and was talking about if Gobert had the Virus while playing a semi-contact sport, then most likely more cases will appear in the NBA. And that’s exactly what happened. NBA stars started to come out about how they have the virus and tested positive, and then the virus grew exponentially.