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Sports ? A Silent Spring

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Yes, everyone is bemoaning the loss of March Madness or NBA or MLB play but little is said about all the hopes and aspirations of high school athletes across the country that have crashed into the virus wall. {{more: continue …}}
At Kennedale High School as with others across the state, spring is the season for soccer, baseball, softball and track. The UIL has suspended all athletic activities including workouts and practice sessions until at least May 4, 2020. This cast doubts on the completions of regular seasons and on playoff prospects.
Kennedale is a fixture in the playoffs in all sports. Players look forward to the playoffs as the ultimate challenge. High school seniors are especially hit hard with the prospect of a shortened season and the loss of playoff opportunities. This year will always be view with an ?asterick? referring to the year of the pandemic.
Note: This not only affects those students in athleticss but also in academic/fine arts competitions with most district level meets yet to be held.
Season completed for Kennedale ??
  • Volleyball ? Record 37-8, 12-0 – District Champs; Playoffs – Bi-District, Area, Region Quarterfinal, Region Semifinal and Region Champs, State Final Four Qualifier.
  • Football ? Record 7-4, 6-0 – District Champs; Playoffs – Bi-District Qualifier.
  • Wildcat Basketball ? Record 26-10, 11-1 ? Co-District Champs; Playoffs ? Bi-District Champs, Area Qualifier.
  • Lady Kat Basketball ? Record 23-14, 12-0 ? District Champs; Playoffs – Bi-District Champs, Area Qualifier.

Season interrupted ?

  • Powerlifting ? 3rd in region; 3 seniors state qualifiers; season suspended.
  • LadyKat Soccer ? Record 17-3-0, 11-0; Kennedale has one game to complete in district and regular season play vs (Benbrook 14-6-1, 8-2); cliched district title and playoff berth; ranked 8th by TGCA, 13th by MaxPreps; playoffs were set to start in two week; 5 seniors; season suspended.
  • Wildcat Soccer ? Record 12-9-6, 6-4; currently tied for 3rd with two game remaining to complete district and regular season vs Benbrook (8-7-2, 6-4) and Dunbar (0-12, 0-9); playoff spot clinched; playoffs were set to begin in two weeks; season suspended.
  • Baseball ? Record 3-6-1 in pre-district play; all senior team; season suspended.
  • Softball ? Record 8-7-2 in pre-district play; season suspended.
  • Wildcat Track ? Record 5th at Duncanville, 1st at Life, 2nd at Kennedale, 2nd at Crowley; district meet was set for April 1; season suspended.
  • Lady Kat Track ? Record 1st at Duncanville, 1st at Life, 2nd at Kennedale, 1st at Crowley; district meet was set for April 1; season suspended.
UIL most recent statement …
“Given information related to school closures available at this time, we are extending that timeframe. UIL games and contests will resume no earlier than Monday, May 4th. Prior to that date, to allow students and schools to reenter competition, UIL will provide a reasonable acclimatization period for rehearsals and practices to occur, consistent with the advice of local, state and federal officials. We will reevaluate the beginning dates for practices and rehearsals as we receive more information about schools resuming.”
Read full statement @ UIL letter

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