Pirates set to kick off their spring season

Senior+Nate+Golubski+steps+on+the+mound+to+throw+a+pitch.+Photo+courtesy+from+Nate+Golubski.

Senior Nate Golubski steps on the mound to throw a pitch. Photo courtesy from Nate Golubski.

Ethan Walker

Spring sports are back this week for the first time since 2019 after they were canceled in 2020 due to COVID-19. Baseball, softball, track and field, girls soccer, girls swim, and boys golf are all set to kick off in just a few days. This year will be their first year competing in the 5a classification instead of 4a, because of this move there will undoubtedly be more competition to face in the playoffs, but nothing these athletes will shy away from.

“The move to 5A will affect us a ton in the postseason.” says senior soccer player Lexi Miles. “Regular season we play mostly the same teams. I know there’s a lot of 5A girls who are playing at KU or OSU or OU etc. and even a girl that got called up to the youth national team camp, it’s intimidating but I don’t worry too much about it. We have a good team this year” 

Coach Graham and the baseball team host their first game of the season against Louisburg on Mar. 25th, as well as the softball team who will also take on Louisburg on the same date to open their season. Each looking to take a win in their first game back in nearly two years. 

“I haven’t got to play school ball in a couple of years because of COVID so I am very excited to get back out there with my brothers,” said senior baseball player Nate Golubski.

The girls’ swim team’s first meet takes place on Tuesday, Mar. 23, and this season they also hope to get back what they missed out on last season. 

“Before our sophomore season (2020) got canceled, I was most looking forward to being with the girls again because they’re always very encouraging of everyone, I was also looking forward to going back to state,” said junior swimmer Dakota Cruz.  “I was really proud of how we did at State freshman year and was very confident in how we’d do sophomore year.” I’m most looking forward to getting huge time cuts and having the opportunity to go back to State once again.”

The Piper track and field team will compete in their first meet of the season. The team is historically very successful, in 2019 both the boys and girls teams became 4a state runner-ups, and they hope to continue to build on that success this season.

The athletes who participate in these spring sports already know what it feels like to have their season taken away from them because of COVID, so they plan on taking every precaution necessary to ensure that they can play all games as scheduled and ultimately limit the spread of COVID.

“We have to wear masks during games and take spit tests, we aren’t doing them every week anymore, but that was the plan originally,” said Miles. “We also try to stay apart in huddles,”