Most people have an opinion on what to do with sports in these unprecedented times.
When the Fox River Classic Conference – which includes North and South – announced it will wait until the spring to play fall sports, The Beacon asked several locals what their thoughts were …
North girls soccer coach: Eirich does not see any reason why teams cannot be playing now and even says he had at least two girls in his program that had the virus – and they did not even know it. He says the decision is unfair and really hurts the athletes.
“One said she’d never been sick,” he said. “Then the other one, I believe, she may have just lost taste and that was it. “The kids were all excited about playing, getting back. Now their hopes are dashed. Enough’s enough. It’s time to get back as normal as we can be. If you’re sick, stay home. If not, let’s get on with hit.”
South soccer: The senior has to wait for his fourth season on varsity, but is not as upset as some might expect.
“I feel like in a way, it’s kind of nice, because I can get more time to adjust to the new way school is and at the same time, it is hard because it’s my senior season and it’s being cut short because it conflicts with me doing track in the spring,” he said.
North volleyball coach: He also wants things to get back to normal and was confused because the decision came after a recent announcement that there would be sports this fall.
“I think our athletes are in pretty good shape where I’m not really worried about them being sick, and if they do, I don’t think it will be real bad,” Kuck said. “I’m over it, I’m tired of this all and let’s get back to normal. But I guess you can’t. I’m just frustrated with the whole situation. … “I don’t understand why the NCAA is moving all their stuff. I think it’s safer for college athletes, with their trainers, being tested. And working out is a lot safer than them not being in school. I don’t understand that whole situation.”
South football coach: It was Harder’s birthday Wednesday when he returned home from swimming and volleyball with his three daughters when he officially found out of the switch.
“There’s a lot of ways you can look at it,” he said. “I feel bad for the kids that were really gearing up for a fall sport, but at the same time, since we actually got bumped back that they kind of buffered that quite a bit. If they would’ve just cancelled back when we were supposed to start, that would’ve been a lot more abrupt and hard to take at that point. So I think it’s a littler easier to take at this point because they already bumped the date back.
“I guess you can go down a rabbit hole of personal feelings and opinions on things. You’ll have people that strongly agree (with the decision), strongly disagree and everybody in between. All I know is to be a leader at this point in some of these positions of school districts and organizations is not an easy time right now. So I give them credit to have to make a decision. Every decision you make is going to have people not happy with it, so you’re always going to have people disagreeing with you. I could sit here and complain about it, but that’s not going to help the situation. Now we can at least move forward.”
South cross country: Kaffine, a junior, says he was shocked when he heard the news because he thought his season was going to be cancelled altogether.
But Kaffine, who missed his track and field season in the spring, wonders how things will go after waiting several months for cross country to begin.
“It’s going to be different, because I’m used to having orange and red leaves on the ground in the fall,” he said. “But I’m probably going to be running with snow on the ground, it’s going to be a lot colder and it’s going to be after basketball season. So I might still be in the basketball mindset, when usually, coming out of the summer, I’m revved up and ready to go. But I might have a different mindset when it comes to this season.”
North mother: Reichelsdorfer, whose daughter Molly is a senior on the North swim team, says the family is trying to take the most positive approach and remain cautiously optimistic.
“We seriously want her to have a senior season,” Reichelsdorfer said. “I think that’s what anyone wants and I know that so many seniors lost their season last spring. But I think if you look at the landscape – I run a business, I know all of the challenges with the infections and everything – I really feel like it’s probably the best course of action and the best chance that they have to have a more normal season.
“I’m pretty positive about it. I know it’s going to be hard to get the spring sports to fit in before summertime, and it’s probably going to mess up a lot of schedules, but I think it’s at least an opportunity.”