On April 7th, the decision to cancel all spring high school sports occurred. This decision has influenced many seniors at Laramie High School. 

 

Because of COVID-19, and the uncertainty of the future, the Wyoming High School Athletic Association (WHSAA) made the decision to cancel all sports. This was made after a basketball state tournament in Casper was deemed unsafe by the Wyoming Department of Health in Casper. 

 

The unpredictability of the virus to the decision by Ron Laird, the WHSAA commissioner, and the WHSAA Board of Directors. 

 

The sports that were called off were soccer, track and field. Because of the cancellation, the class of 2020 athletes do not get to play in their final senior season.

 

“We were all frustrated that we would miss out on our last year to play soccer for LHS,” Wulff said. “We were all excited about the team we had so it’s a little disappointing. But this also gives us opportunities to work on different skills and improve our touch. And I’m excited to see how the team does next year!”    

 

The two major sports lost to this pandemic are outdoor track and soccer. Soccer began on March 9th, but no tournament was actually played. Both the boys’ and girls’ teams were scheduled to play in a season-opening tournament in Gillette on March 20th and 21st. Track and field practice started the same day as soccer and their first meet would’ve been the weekend of March 27th.      

 

Athletic programs and trainers across the state are helping kids stay fit in mind and body. Laramie High School Sports Med started an Instagram page to issue quarantine challenges in order to stay active, prevent injuries, and get ready for future sports.

 

The challenge is through Zoom sessions, at-home workouts, and mini-challenges. There are prizes at the end of the week for completing tasks.   

 

Legion baseball is still hopeful for a 2020 season despite cancellation at the national level of the American Legion World Series and the Regional Tournaments. But State Chairmen Cody Beers has no plans to cancel the upcoming season.

 

Softball is also in question, but there is no official word yet on how their season will move forward. Though plenty of tournaments have already been canceled, including ones that would have happened last weekend and many weekends to follow.     

 

Rodeo events are undecided at this time as well.  All April and May tournaments are either canceled or in question. The State Rodeo Finals are still set for June first to the sixth in Gillette. The National High School Final Rodeo is also still ago, taking place in Lincoln, Neb. on July 19th to the 25th. 

 

The site WyoPreps.com is doing a senior send-off gallery with pictures of senior athletes who lost their spring sports and and don’t get walk across a stage to receive their diploma.