By: Kaylyn Lewis/Co-Sports Editor
Due to the devastating affects of the Coronavirus, the long awaited spring sports season of 2020, including softball, baseball, boys volleyball, and track and field, has been canceled. The news saddened many, especially players and coaches who were excited to see what the season would bring. It struck the seniors very hard, as the last time they could play these sports in high school was taken from them.
Each sport had something to look forward to this season, such as keeping a league title or even a championship title.
Softball: The Lady Raiders were the 2019 Lackawanna League Division 4 Champions, and were also the runner-ups for the District A championship. Due to COVID-19, the girls won’t be able to regain that title for the 2020 season. Senior Savannah Glover, catcher for the Lady Raiders, gave us her thoughts, saying “I was looking forward to most likely winning the league again, and having one last year to play with all my friends.” She was eagerly awaiting to achieve a .600 batting average and going farther than they did last year.
Track and Field: The Raiders were set out for a outstanding season, possibly sending more players to Districts and States than last year. Junior Ryan Mills was a 2019 state qualifier, but with the circumstances he won’t be able to possibly go further for this season. Senior KayLeen Conklin was excited for this season, saying that she “was looking forward to my last chance to run for a high school team, and participating in more relays.” Conklin also stated, “I was also hoping to improve my 1600 and 3200 race times and letter.”
Baseball: The Raiders had a very successful season last year, being the 2019 District 2AA Champions. The boys will not be able to defend that title, but next season will be another chance to regain it. Senior Josh Decker, pitcher for the Raiders, gave his thoughts. “I was looking forward to being the best pitcher I could be for a great team, play hard, have fun, and push forward to the championship.” His main goal for the season was achieving the push toward the championship, and just have a successful season. “It would have been an honor to play with a great team,” says Decker.
Boys’ Volleyball: The boys’ volleyball team was very victorious last year, pushing for an even more rewarding season this year. Senior Cameron Franks was the 2019 Co-Player of the Year, and the team was the 2019 Lackawanna League Champions. Senior Ben Bleck, setter for the Raiders, was “looking forward to being the setter for the best hitters in the league. It would have been great to win the league again, but winning districts would have been the goal.” Bleck also wanted to beat his own record for assists, since he got the school record last year.
It is deeply saddening that we won’t be able to watch the teams this year and support our Raiders. The Blue Ridge community also wishes the seniors good luck on their future endeavors, whether it be continuing sports, college, or jobs. Thank you to the seniors for their handwork and dedication throughout the year. Hopefully next season the Raiders will be able to bring more victories!