A Look Back on Sports in 2021
By Amy Boehm
With the year coming to a close, looking back on Wheaton North athletics is a good way to measure our struggles, but also reflect on our successes. The challenges we faced this year were extreme and seemingly insurmountable. However, with the help of amazing coaches, students, and staff involved in making these athletic events possible, we were able to have a successful year in sports.
In a typical year, almost as soon as school ends for the summer, the fieldhouse, track, and gyms are occupied with sports beginning summer camp for their upcoming seasons. In 2020, although late to the game, Wheaton North was still able to successfully give certain sports contact days to practice and keep up their skills, which was definitely an improvement to the sudden shutdown of all sports in the spring of last year.
Following the summer camps came the real competition season, in which multiple sports moved around based on a ranking of high, average, or low risk of COVID transmission. Low risk sports were able to compete right away, such as cross country and tennis, while other more high risk sports, such as football and basketball, were pushed back to later in the year. As the year progressed, it was deemed safe for higher risk sports to start back up, and everyone was lucky enough to get a chance at a season. Although many sports did not have a full season, the opportunity to play still helped many students get through the year.
Finally, though it is impossible to say with 100% certainty, sports are expected to make a full comeback in the fall of 2021 with the start of the new school year. It will be a difficult transition for some- many sports just ended their spring/summer seasons and will have to start back up again for summer training with their regular competition seasons in the fall.