ASU sports reflects on sudden end to seasons

Athletics department perseveres through pandemic

By Ixchel Sotelo
On April 18, 2020

Photo by: Axel Marcenaro
The Mayer Field scoreboard stands unused during the regular softball season. If the season were not canceled, the Rambelles would be nearing the Lonestar Conference in May.  

 

As a result of the COVID-19 outbreak, the National Collegiate Athletic Association Board of Governors in early March canceled winter and spring championships for the remainder of the year. The Lone Star Conference presidents also voted to cancel the remainder of Lone Star Conference play for the spring semester.

When all of this happened, our student athletes, our coaches and we were disappointed because this is our livelihood,” James Reid, ASU athletic director, said. “This is what our kids train for year in and year out, to be able to compete, and when that’s taken away from them it does leave a void in their daily activities. But with all that being said, our number one goal and priority is our student’s health and well-being.”

Concerning athletes in their last year of competition, the NCAA administration voted to allow students in their senior season an opportunity to return next year and complete their senior year for spring sports only. ASU’s spring sports include baseball, softball, golf, tennis and outdoor track and field.

“I think the Corona pandemic, if we get everyone to return, will benefit us way more than other teams,” sophomore baseball player Jackson Hardy said. “Even though we were the best team in the nation we still weren’t playing like that team yet. Next year will be something special.”

The NCAA will not allow seniors in winter sports to return due to the fact that winter athletes essentially concluded their seasons after conference competitions were held and not all teams advanced to the NCAA competition. ASU’s winter sports include basketball and indoor track and field.

I think we are all going to definitely miss the seniors so much they just had a huge impact on us and our team,” said Sawyer Lloyd, a freshman on the women’s basketball team. “They definitely played huge roles in leading our team this year. There’s absolutely no way I’ll forget how this season ended. Our coach even told us, ‘this is a story you will remember forever and tell your kids and grandkids.’”

As for potential future ASU athletes, the coaches are currently in a “dead period” until the end of May for recruiting, during which coaches can only speak with recruits over the phone or through electronic messaging.

“This is a big recruiting time for some of our sports,” Reid said. “They’re doing virtual tours of the campus, videoing locker rooms and weight rooms to send to our recruits and they’re trying to do the best they can to continue the process because these kids in high school are still on schedule to graduate in May and they’re trying to decide where to go to school next year.”

Reid said he believes ASU will persevere.

“That’s the hope we hold onto, that we’ll get back to business as usual as soon as humanly possible, and our kids need to be ready to get back on track and do what we do here at Angelo State,” he said.

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