High school athletes react to uncertainty around fall sports

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HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU-TV) — The governor’s words impacting student athletes across the commonwealth. We’re hearing mixed reactions. Disappointment, confusion, as well as understanding that COVID-19 is a real game-changer.

Members of the Hazleton Area High School water polo team just wrapped up their morning training session when they heard the news that all high school sports may be postponed until January 1st.

Sabrina Campbell and Constancia Amart say they understand the reasons for the decision but that doesn’t make it any easier to think about the hopes each had for the upcoming season.

“I wouldn’t really be surprised but I’d be kind of disappointed because we worked hard all summer and I really enjoy this sport. It’s our last year to play so that would be really disappointing,” said Campbell, a senior on the Hazleton water polo team.

“I’m not surprised because with all the COVID-19 going on but I don’t think it’s fair for the Seniors because it’s their last year. They will not get the experience the entire sport normally have each year,” said Amart, a junior on the Hazleton water polo team.

Jonathan Martinez says he hopes that high school sports won’t be delayed.

“If they do cancel it I’m going to be upset obviously because you know but like I said if they have to do it they have to do it,” said Martinez, a senior on the Hazleton water polo team.

Luke Pecora says he is thinking about all of the time he and other athletes have trained for their respective teams.. with high hopes for the upcoming season.

“Well, I don’t like that because I’ve been conditioning for weeks now for water polo. We don’t know what’s going to happen now learning that over all for nothing basically,” said Pecora, a freshman on the Hazleton water polo team.

Other players tell Eyewitness News while this is disappointing news, at least they are now not living under a cloud of uncertainty. They know the final score: COVID-19 1, High School Sports, 0.

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