WESTFIELD, NJ — Spring athletes at Westfield High School have had their season postponed due to the recent spread of the novel coronavirus and are using the free time in a variety of ways.
The district had initially canceled all scrimmages until March 22, before calling off all practices and games until further notice.
“A lot of us were expecting it,” said freshman tennis player Dimitri Potamousis. “Schools around us were closing, and I was being warned by other people that the season might be postponed before it was.”
The sports cancellations came amid the high school's switch to online learning, and at least one athlete welcomed having a break from his busy sporting schedule.
“It was good for me to get a break right now,” said senior Trevor Tanella. “I only had one day off between the end of the hockey season and lacrosse, so it’s probably best for my body to be off from practice for a little. Once I’ve rested enough, I’ll start running and figuring out how to get stronger on my own. It’s not the best idea to share weights with anyone right now.”
Tanella won't be doing that in the traditional ways as the state has mandated that all gyms, among other establishments, close.
John Czarnecki, a senior, plays football in the fall and baseball in the spring.
“I’m going to be playing a lot of video games to pass the time at home,” Czarnecki said. “My friends convinced me to get Rainbow Six Siege, so I’m trying to get better at it.”
Although student-athletes are able to rest and play more video games than they ever have, many are disappointed that the season had to be put on hold. A group of kids from the baseball team had been waking up at 6:30 a.m. on Sundays during the winter to prep for the year, Czarnecki said. Those practices are now called off.
Although her senior spring season was postponed, Julia Csorba, a hurdler for the track team caught a break.
“If this happened during my junior year, it absolutely would have affected my position in the recruiting process,” Csorba said. She will be a part of the Dartmouth track team next year. “My main event is the 400IH, but all of the hurdles are locked underneath the bleachers, so it’s really hard to train on my own.”
Potamousis, for his part, would also be staying ready for the season, on the tennis court daily were it not for COVID-19.
“I was really excited to compete with a team, while representing Westfield,” Potamousis said. “I was really disappointed when I found out we couldn’t play for a while.”
Blue Devil athletes are hoping to resume their seasons before the end of the school year.
Michael Siroty is a freshman at Westfield High School participating in a journalism program with TAPinto Westfield.