How Will Covid-19 Affect Student Athletes Next Fall?

Senior commits await word


Credit: August Lamb

Colby Wren (l) and Sam Vigilante (r) in a game against CHS in May, 2019.

Evan Hajek, Sports Editor

The sports world has been drastically affected by the COVID-19 virus. The 2020 Summer Olympics were postponed, sport leagues, such as the NBA, have had to postpone games, including playoff matchups, and spring sports, both at the high school and collegiate level have had to cancel their seasons. Spring sport athletes at Western are well aware of these struggles as VHSL was forced to cancel their seasons.

Senior soccer standout, Colby Wren, is one of the many spring sport athletes who have felt the impact of COVID-19 first hand. 

“I am disappointed to lose my spring season because it is something I have been looking forward to for the last four years. We had a really good group of senior guys and were looking forward to making it our team,” Wren said.

Wren’s athletic career is not over though, as he committed to play soccer at Dickinson College at the beginning of this school year. However, many people fear COVID-19 will affect sports through next year’s fall season and possibly further. College athletic departments have seen major budget cuts and some schools, like Cincinatti and Old Dominion, have even begun eliminating non-revenue-generating sports.

“So far there has been no discussion about my freshman season and COVID-19. I think that the players as well as my coach are hoping for the best and don’t even want to think about that right now. We are planning as if it will definitely happen,” Wren said.

At the end of the day, no one is sure how the virus will progress and how the sports world will adapt to this difficult crisis. Only time will reveal the effects and solutions for sports during this pandemic.