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The COVID-19 pandemic and the battle to contain it has led to changes in nearly every aspect of daily life, and one of the most noticeable has been the absence of spring sports from our parks and …
The COVID-19 pandemic and the battle to contain it has led to changes in nearly every aspect of daily life, and one of the most noticeable has been the absence of spring sports from our parks and schools.
The McKenzie High School soccer team played just one scrimmage before the season was suspended in mid-March and then ultimately canceled.
Head Coach Karlene Brown told The Banner, “I really did not think this global health pandemic would have such serious social and health ramifications. The coronavirus has affected so many lives in so many different ways - lives have been lost and the way we interact with each other has been fundamentally changed. As social creatures I hope the way we are now forced to relate to one another during this post-corona era is not permanent.
“Unfortunately, for my seniors, the reality of social distancing is permanent and heartbreaking. They did not have the opportunity to defend their district title or a chance to win regional and make a state appearance. This year we had an excellent team of 25 players and a strong starting eleven with a very competent bench and the best team chemistry a coach could ask for.
“I wish I had the words that would make them feel better, but I do not. To my returners, I will see you next year, and remember never to take anything in life for granted. To my seniors as each of you embark on your new journey, keep this quote by Steve Jobs in mind: ‘You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backward.’ You might be too disappointed to understand the quote now, but I promise you it will make sense later.”
The 2020 Rebels include seniors Jack Fry, Deven Fields, Diego Calderon, Francisco Padilla, Daniel Gonzalez, Zack Flippin, Ashton Marr, Jackey Zheng, Nikolas Heath, Jensen Pewitt and Nate Whitsell; juniors Elijah Sievers, Andrew Murphy and Dominic Ventura; sophomores Levin Adrom, Will Essary, Andrew Cole, Giancarlo Cevallos, Micheal Ramirez, Lincoln McReynolds and Joel Bilger; and freshmen Jesse Calderon, Austin Cooper, Rashad McCreary and Brice Becerra.