Who thought it would end like this? I know I didn’t. When the Michigan High School Athletic Association suspended sporting activities it felt like a minor inconvenience. Surely we weren’t going to lose the whole season. Well here we are on April 29 and appears certain the season is over. I am generally an optimistic person so I have held out hope that we would at least get some type of abbreviated season, but it doesn’t look good and for selfish reasons I am sad. Sad that I am not able to see you seniors compete one last time.

After teaching for 33 years I lucked into one of the best jobs a sports fan can have. Being the sports reporter for the Gladwin County Record for the last two years has been a great experience. Watching you compete brings back many great memories. I think about my own children and their playing careers. It has reminded me of my own days as a high  school coach and at times, even of my own playing days. You have provided me with many moments that will be hard to forget. Thank you.

Now is the time to look forward. Remember the moment, but continue to plan for the future. You will face bigger challenges, which will be made easier because you were an athlete. Someday you will look back on this and reminisce fondly about the day the day everything stopped. If I could give you one piece of advice it would be something from Herb Brooks, the coach of the 1980 USA Hockey team. He said, “Let me start with issuing you a challenge: Be better than you are. Set a goal that seems attainable, and when you reach that goal, set another one even higher.”

Thanks for the memories.

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