BLOOMFIELD, NJ-- With the New Jersey high school spring sports season concluded, the coaches have gone through the process of letting their student-athletes, especially the seniors, know how much their work was appreciated.
Bloomfield High softball coach Bob Mayer noted the senior players this season were indeed a special group.
"No doubt about it," said Mayer. "And I knew this senior class was going to be fun to work with before they even got to high school. The parents of those kids have been very supportive of our program. They were always there and were such a big help with the programs and fundraisers we had. I'm going to miss them, a great deal."
The official end of the spring sports season came in early May, when it was announced that schools in New Jersey would be closed for the remainder of the academic year.
Mayer had been keeping in touch with his players through Google Classroom.
"We had classrooms set up for our varsity and junior varsity players," said Mayer. "We tried our best, as coaches, to keep the kids active in staying in shape, especially when there was still hope for a season."
The senior players for the Bengals are Mia Lopez, Katie Bretz, Lexi Corio, Destiny Lopez, Jordyn Abplanalp, Megan Carter, Christa Wolf and Haley Myslinski.
Normally, Mayer would be busy preparing for the end-of-season banquet, as well as the returning players getting set for summer ball in the Essex County League. Obviously, it will be different in 2020.
"The banquet won't be held, as we have in previous years," said Mayer. "We're going to do something, virtually, as well as getting signs made for all the varsity players.
"As far as our summer league, I'm not sure if we'll be able to do that. I'd like to think we can get the chance to practice, a little, with the kids and to get the kids back on the field. Whatever we're able to do, we will. Our eighth grade players, this year, were also unable to get out and play in the Suburban League. I'd like to be able to get those kids to practice, too. Again, it's something that we have to wait and see on."
Bloomfield High golf coach Rob MacNett also noted the disappointment of his team not getting on the links.
"I am truly gutted for the kids this year," said MacNett. "We had our four top golfers returning from a team that drastically improved last year. We definitely had our eyes set on qualifying for the state tournament."
The four returners were team captain Quaid Mullane, a junior, along with juniors Nick Rizzi and Alex Soja, and sophomore Vinnie Santimone.
"I was also fortunate to have four newcomers, all who were going to contribute to this year's team, in senior Anthony Rizzi, junior Jae Trimboli and freshmen Jorge Erraez and Sebastian Wolski," said MacNett.
With the exception of Rizzi, who will play soccer at Scranton University this fall, the rest of the team will be returning in 2021, which gives MacNett the hope of a very good campaign next spring .