One of the eeriest sights throughout the pandemic has been the empty fields at the Jr./Sr. High School. Normally bustling with sports and cheering fans, the turf fields, tennis courts, track and baseball fields have remained quiet. But starting in late January, the state allowed high school athletes to return to the fields competing in abbreviated seasons with strict guidelines in place. After nearly one year of being sidelined due to COVID-19, three compressed seasons rolled out beginning on February 1 for “high-risk” winter sports, March 1 for “high-risk” fall sports, and April 22 for high-risk spring sports. Each have an 8-week schedule, and the students couldn’t be happier gearing up to play! Precautions are taken including mask wearing, temperature checks, rapid-testing, no locker room use and limited spectators at games. It has not been easy to pull off these shortened seasons while battling possible outbreaks, lack of officials, winter storms, and enough practice time to prepare for games. Students and coaches are all adapting to new protocols. The simple act of showing sportsmanship at the end of each game by shaking hands with the opponent is now forbidden. But the smiles and camaraderie speak volumes as the team’s step onto the fields once again. It’s been a long time….we’ve missed you Seahawks!