Somber seniors – Spring season squashed for high school seniors – Burke

Burke Mickelsen, a pitcher, first baseman and outfielder on the North Sevier High School baseball team – 

“We were very much looking forward to this season of baseball,” Mickelsen said. “We have worked so hard since being kids and wanted to have a good season to close out high school.” 

Mickelsen said he felt NSHS had a really good team and would have been in the running throughout the season.

“We were all excited, working hard and meshing well on the field,” Mickelsen said. “I miss being out there, playing a game I love and the comradery with my teammates and our coaches.” 

The flexible schedule of online schooling allows him to complete and submit assignments at his own pace, which he feels is a positive aspect, yet Mickelsen prefers being in a classroom with a teacher, and being able to get questions answered on the spot. 

“The teachers have been great to respond and work with us,” Mickelsen said. “But it is harder to do the work alone and stay focused without the structure and routine being in school provides. I also miss the social side of being in school.” 

After serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Later-day Saints in the Columbia Barranquilla Mission, Mickelsen plans to attend Utah State University and be an outside linebacker on the Aggie’s football team. 

“I want to thank North Sevier for four great years,” Mickelsen said. “Also, the community and fans for all the support over the years, my coaches for helping me succeed and parents for their never ending support. I will miss the tight-knit community we have here.” 

“We were saddened to hear the news of the spring season being canceled,” said Joshua Robinson, head baseball coach at NSHS. “Our hearts go out to our four senior players that lost their season. While we know this hurts, we understand why it needed to be done and only want the best for our school and community. We wish our seniors the best in their future endeavors.”  

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, schools transitioned to an online schooling format in an effort to prevent the spread of the highly contagious coronavirus. 

Upon in-school learning being brought to a halt for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year, the Utah High School Activities Association announced the official cancellation of all high school spring sports – baseball, softball, soccer, track and field, tennis and golf.

The cancellation of the spring season has been difficult and disappointing for all high school athletes, yet has been particularly hard on high school seniors who had their last hurrah taken away without notice. 

Various senior athletes from the Sevier School District have shared their thoughts and perspective on having their final high school season of spring sports canceled in the blink of an eye, as well as adjusting to online schooling – 

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