Despite the spring sports season being canceled, many teams have still found a way to reconnect. Whether it is with a group chat for texting, Zoom calls on Friday afternoons, or online track meets, student-athletes are keeping busy during this pandemic.
The Student Government Association (SGA) created a special, virtual online spirit week with themed days happening Monday through Friday. The week was topped off with Friday’s Wyvern athletics gear theme and online team lunches. All teams (JV and varsity) reconnected, giving student-athletes a well-deserved break from the past couple weeks of academic stress.
The girls varsity lacrosse team has been working on several ideas to keep the team entertained. The team created a TikTok with everyone one the team, including coaches, recreating their favorite stick trick. This was released on the @wyvernathletics Instagram after being edited by Head Coach Judy Bailey. Coach Bailey also created a Kahoot with fun facts about every member of the team, including players and coaches. The team met during lunch and played Kahoot together. Coach Bailey makes sure the team is staying in touch by having biweekly meetings and sending out emails including stick and endurance workouts.
The JV girls lacrosse program has a really close-knit team, many returning from last year. They have had a few meetings but mainly keep in contact through their group chat, where every member of the team is involved. “Considering the situation, we are still really close,” senior goaltender Cai Cuivila said. Kuivila has been a member of the team for four years and misses practices and games, but enjoys still meeting with her team every so often. The team has had lunch together with coaches. “At the moment we are creating a video with all the girls on the team involved, and it is going to be lacrosse themed,” Kuivila said.
Assistant Coach John Hissick recently created and edited a video of all the girls on the team doing the 10 pushup challenge. This was released on @wyvernathletics and helped push other teams to release fun videos of them doing internet challenges.
The girl’s varsity tennis team has been in less contact than other teams, but is staying connected through social media rather than a spirit week lunch or whole team emails. “[Mr. Garcia] has reached out to certain players, but we have not received a full team email yet,” junior Sydney Smith said. At the moment, they do have a group chat that they hope to use more frequently. “We do have a TikTok in the works,” Smith said.
Completely different from any other sports, track and field has weekly meetings and are even partaking in virtual track meets. The team met during spirit week with almost the whole team, 40-50 runners, showing up. The team meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays for 15-minute stretching sessions led by both the boys and girls captains. The captains try to keep the team bonded even during these unusual circumstances. “They are great community builders,” Head Coach Tricia Watson said.
The online track meets are taking place within their league. They are having three virtual track meets during the normal spring season on April 24 to 26, May 8 to 10, and May 22 to 24. “The boys and girls are combined and there are two divisions, a road division, and a track division,” Coach Watson said. The meets are optional but they are cheering on the people who partake in them. It works by timing yourself in a track race that you usually compete in or something new you want to try, and then posting it on a league-wide Google Classroom. At the end of the track meet, they tally up all the scores and decide who is the winner. “What you put into it is what you get out of it,” Coach Watson said. The students are able to simply keep track of their progress in preparation for next year.
Even with the spring season canceled, Wyvern athletes are still finding time to meet and keep in touch with fellow teammates. Not only is this helping the community, but it also helps student-athletes to keep positive outlooks while stuck inside.