ALPENA, Mich.—On Monday, the MHSAA announced the pushback of high school spring sports by one week. Athletes and parents had to be thinking not again as most of these student-athletes have not played since 2019.
For Alpena senior Jenna Leeck, her reaction was one that was felt by many. “It was sad since we didn’t have a season last year,” said Leeck. “I have confidence that the season will take place this year.”
The athletes are not the only ones affected by the announcement. It’s also affecting area coaches, including Alpena baseball coach Phil Schultz. Schultz is not going to let this pause affect his team’s preparation. He says he’s used to not starting baseball until early April, thanks to the weather here in Northeast Michigan.
“We deal with this up north a lot,” said Schultz. “We could go weeks without playing a game due to the uncertain weather in Michigan.”
The spring sports’ season is set to start on March 22.