The Lost Season
2020 is a year we will never forget. Spring athletes all across New York started practice on Monday, March 9, only to see everything shut down by the end of the week. No scrimmages, no games, no league playoffs, no sectionals, and no state championships.
Take a look at the timeline of events that defined the spring of 2020:
Monday, March 9: Spring sports season begins all across New York. It will only last until the end of the week.
Wednesday, March 11: The last sporting events in the Section IV season take place, as Maine-Endwell girls basketball beats Cornwall 49-42, and Johnson City boys basketball defeats New Paltz 76-70 in a pair of first round state playoff games at Vestal High School. Both teams are scheduled to play in state quarterfinal games that Friday, but it is not meant to be.
Thursday, March 12: The remaining winter sports state championships get postponed. Basketball, bowling, and ice hockey never get a chance to crown state champions, as these events eventually get scrapped altogether.
Sunday, March 15: Many districts start announcing that schools will be closed for the time being, with many aiming to return in-person in mid-April. It never happens.
Monday, March 23: With schools closed and cases of coronavirus rising each day, NYSPHSAA cancels the remaining winter sports championships.
Monday, April 27: With the school year still in limbo, NYSPHSAA cancels the 2020 spring sports state championships. The decision to hold local sectional tournaments is still on the table, but only if students return to school, which will be closed until at least May 15.
Friday, May 1: Governor Cuomo announces that all schools will remain closed for in-person learning for the rest of the 2020 school year. As a result, spring sports are cancelled for 2020 after only a week of practice back in March.
A list of 2020 seniors who were selected as state or local all-stars in 2019. Kudos to everyone for their fantastic careers!
New York State All-Stars
Tess Cites, Horseheads (3rd Team, 2-time selection)
Ellie Daugherty, Corning (5th Team)
Maiah Skakal, Horseheads (5th Team)
Allie L'Amoreaux, Maine-Endwell (1st Team, 2-time selection)
Meredith Rose, Maine-Endwell (7th Team, 2-time selection)
Alex Deeter, Susquehanna Valley (1st Team)
Riley Hall, Waverly (4th Team)
Riley Vincent, Edison (1st Team)
Reagan Seelye, Edison (2nd Team)
KK Bush, Edison (3rd Team)
Grace Vondracek, Odessa-Montour (4th Team)
Jennah Kareem, Candor (5th Team)
Mikayla Martin, Deposit (1st Team, 4-time selection)
Section IV All-Stars
Johnson City: Brooke Ladd
Maine-Endwell: Allie L'Amoreaux, Meredith Rose
Vestal: Samantha Berube
Corning: Erin Austin, Ellie Daugherty
Elmira: Kiarah Glover
Horseheads: Madison Rogers, Maiah Skakel, Tess Cites, Abby Packard
Chenango Forks: Avery Copeland
Chenango Valley: McKenna Beers
Susquehanna Valley: Alex Deeter, Sophie Keehle
Candor: Jennah Kareem
Marathon: Breanna Mitchell
Odessa-Montour: Grace Vondracek, Lydia Lynch, Jolynn Minnier
Groton: Jaelynne Harriott
Marathon: Molly Merihew
Southern Cayuga: Kaley Driscoll, Lilly Colton
Edison: Riley Vincent, KK Bush, Reagan Seelye
Tioga: Michaela Webb
Edison: Ryleigh Carson
Spencer-Van Etten: Hannah Harmon
Tioga: Giovanna Rossi
Dryden: Alexa Sicina
Elmira Notre Dame: Taylor Van Dine
Newark Valley: Marissa Berghorn
Waverly: Paige Lewis
Elmira Notre Dame: Chloe Stemmerman, Peyton Maloney
Newark Valley: Cassidy Hoffmier, April Simmons
Watkins Glen: Kelsey Kernan
Waverly: Morgan Adams
Deposit: Mikayla Martin
Unatego: Hali Lucia
Unatego: Paige McCoy
Bainbridge-Guilford: Bailey Hart
Greene: Baileigh Estabrook
Hancock: Brenna Gleim
Unadilla Valley: Meegan White
Unatego: Mallory Frazier
Milford: Samantha Harvey
Cherry Valley-Springfield: Kelsey Girard
Schenevus: Alexia Piercy
Milford: Aubrey Hall
Gilboa: Sierra Perry, Liz Cherry
Hunter-Tannersville: Peyton Legg
South Kortright: Emily Feltman
Gilboa: Alexa Dumas, Kelli-Jo Van Valkenburgh
Jefferson: Amber Cole
South Kortright: Sonia Reeves