Taylor Spencer | Of The Talon Staff
Coinciding with the closure of schools to slow the spread of COVID-19, MSHSAA has canceled the 2020 spring sports season. In an official press release, MSHSAA announced all remaining post-season events for the 2020 season are canceled as well. Activities director Mitch Lefkowitz said he is working with coaches on ways to recognize seniors who will not get to complete during their final spring season.
“We have been working on ways to recognize seniors through different types of social media recognition, banners, yard signs, virtual banquets, etc. The bottom line is that many coaches want to be able to do some type of competition or scrimmage one last time for seniors when we [can] return,” Lefkowitz said. “We are trying to get guidance from MSHSAA on that because according to the MSHSAA by-laws, graduated seniors are unable to compete for the school.”
Athletic trainer Tony Mosello said the cancellation is devastating for the Fenton community, and that athletes who are returning for next season can use this as a learning experience.
“[The cancellation is] devastating for the athletes and their families, for those not [having] their senior season, for the younger kids missing the chance to be scouted for collegiate careers, and for the 026 community itself,” Mosello said. “While I have no doubt the programs would recover and be back for 2021, [this is] an unprecedented experience that, hopefully, those lucky enough to have another year left can take as a learning experience.”
While the spring season has been canceled, there have been no cancellations made to any summer camps the school is hosting. Lefkowitz said as of now, the camps are scheduled to occur, but the school is not accepting any money or applications until they know for certain.
“At this point, I have told coaches that we are to plan and continue to have summer camps as scheduled. We do not plan on taking any registration funds at this time until we can determine if camps will go on as scheduled,” Lefkowitz said. “[However], when the temporary stay at home order is lifted, we are not sure what that will look like. The District could continue to keep the facilities closed [and] we might be limited to the number of people that can gather in one place at a time [which] will have an impact on what our camps look like.”