HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR ATHLETES SAY GOODBYE TO UNFINISHED SEASON
High school student-athletes all over the state are mourning their abrupt season endings, including one high school here in Tuscaloosa County.
On Friday morning, the AHSAA officially canceled spring sports. That afternoon, the Tuscaloosa County High senior baseball players met on the field for one last time together.
“It was an amazing experience,” said Layne Lann. “I mean, I know that I won’t ever forget the memories that have happened on this field. I mean, I just love these guys.”
Lann is a senior baseball player at Tuscaloosa County High. His teammates said the worst part is the unknown of where their season could have gone.
“You’ll never know what your team could have accomplished in the season, so just the feeling that you’ll never know how far you could have went in playoffs or if you would have made playoffs, it just eats at you,” senior player Grant Hickman said.
The Wildcats found out their season would be suspended while at an away game in Auburn. Head coach Nick Richardson said they held a senior day for his players with hopes they could hold their own at home.
“It was a really tough day,” he said. “We still had some hope then we would get to come and play together again but these guys realize what is going on, it’s beyond their control and that’s been their [modus operandi]this whole year, is let’s control what we can control. And this is something we can’t control. And I hate it dearly for them but the memories made with these guys is gonna last forever.”
While the nine graduating seniors on the County High baseball team may be upset with the abrupt end, one thing they’ll always have are memories together.
“It was definitely tough finding out the news,” senior player Willie Wedgeworth said. “I wasn’t so much sad about school as I was having fun with the baseball team. You just have to look back at all the memories you did make. You know, whether it’s in the cages in freshman year, that’s all we did, or the ab workouts that we hated so much or turning our hotel room into a barbershop in Mississippi – you just have to look back on that stuff.”
This week would have been the start of area play with Hoover.