The Lost Season
REMSEN — The spring sports seasons were cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving athletes and coaches disappointed for what could have been. For seniors though, it was even worse as it was their last chance to compete in those sports at the high school level, and maybe, for the rest of their lives.
Remsen St. Mary’s didn’t have a big senior class as only 15 will get their diploma. Still, many of those were involved with athletics over the years including a group of eight who were planning to golf or compete in track and field events this spring. Unfortunately, those individuals didn’t get a final season as the COVID-19 pandemic shut down schools and canceled their seasons before they could get off the ground.
Scott Willman was looking forward to one of his bigger track and field teams this season which included five seniors.
“Both programs had grown in number, the girls from seven to nine and the boys from nine to 14 from the previous season,” Willman said.
Ashley Willman, Samantha Sauer and Emma Galles were all members of the district running sprint medley team last year. Willman and Galles were sprinters for the team while Sauer competed in the middle and longer distances.
The boys team included Sam Medina and Wesley Smart who were going out for their senior campaigns when the season was called off. Those two competed in events ranging from sprints to mid distance as well as Smart being a thrower.
Coach Willman was optimistic his seniors would have mixed well with some younger talent.
“The girls would have seen more options in regards to individual and relay races due to the mix of new and returning athletes,” Willman said. “The boys would have a strong interest in the throws. A few athletes would have been recovering from other sport injuries with a small core remaining that would have been joined by a nice group of freshman runners.”
Three members of the boys golf team also missed out on one final season. Head Coach Tim Osterman said this is a group that will be missed.
“It really is unfortunate for our seniors,” Osterman said. “We had a really solid core group coming back this season and I thought we had a chance to climb back up the conference standings.”
Spencer Schorg was looking to make one last trip to state after missing out last year. He was a state qualifier in 2018.
“Spencer was an elite golfer in our conference and showed up every day ready to work. He will be sorely missed,” Osterman said.
Jake Anderson and Seth Nelson were looking to step into bigger roles on the team this season.
“Jake, he didn’t get the chance to show his improved game but every thing I was hearing he had taken a big step forward and really would have helped us this season,” Osterman said. “Seth came to work every day and was very consistent from beginning to end. Wound up being a reliable 3-4 golfer.”
The girls golf team had two returning state qualifiers with Tori Galles and Sidney Tritz, but no seniors were going out for the team this spring.
The word or phrase is how their coach described them:
Jake Anderson - Most Improved
Seth Nelson - Consistent
Spencer Schorg - Leader
Ashley Willman - Determined
Samantha Sauer - Resilient
Emma Galles - Versatile
Sam Medina - Fun
Wesley Smart - Enthusiastic