Spring sports cancelled due to virus
By Julie Newell
Spring has sprung, but the warmer weather, blooming flowers and spring sports go unenjoyed because of the mass spreading of COVID-19.
Due to the virus, the spring sports season at LCC has been cancelled.
“As a team, we’re sad,” LCC Head Baseball Coach Jordan Keur said. “We’ve worked extremely hard this offseason to prepare for the season, and for it to end the way it did is just tough to grasp at this time.
“We understand the decisions that were made were obviously the right decisions to help protect our safety.”
Prior to LCC closing and spring sports being cancelled, the Stars’ baseball team spent the break at spring training in Florida, where they were scheduled to play 12 games. The team played 10 out of 12 games and ended with a record of 8-2 before the rest were cancelled.
The LCC softball team spent its spring training on the road and was scheduled to play 12 games at several colleges. The Stars were only able to play eight of those games before the rest were cancelled, and ended with a record of 2-6.
“No one knows how hard the softball program works,” LCC Head Softball Coach Marc Kibby said. “They start off in August, the fall season, practice every day and play a 25-game schedule until October. Then (we) practice, workout from November through February, to get ready to play a 60-game schedule in the spring.
“The time that they put into this and (to) have it cancelled, (it) hurts.”
According to Keur, the NJCAA will grant eligibility to the spring sports players for next season.
“(The eligibility) is an awesome thing that the NJCAA is doing, but some of the sophomores have already committed to four-year schools, and might not be back,” Keur said.