As I write this, a decision is still pending regarding the fare of the remainder of the school year.
But let’s be realistic: there’s only an extremely small chance classes will resume as normal. Several state, including Florida, have already canceled the rest of their school year and have started “virtual schooling,”
Which means the spring sports season is finished before it even got started.
The season was originally meant to start last Friday. The MPSSAA intends for the season to restart April 6, provided there are no more delays in reopening schools on the projected date of March 30.
It’s pretty much a certainty schools will not be re-opening on March 30.
(With luck, I will thus jinx myself and turn out to be wrong.)
So, here’s what we’ll likely be missing this season:
The Sparrows Point baseball team making a run at the Class 2A state title. The Pointers would be a lock to win the Class 2A North Region II title and secure a spot in the re-seeded state quarterfinals.
From there it gets tougher — there are some scary teams in the east and west regions. But it’s baseball; anything can happen in one game.
The Sparrows Point softball team retains some key players from the squad last season that shook off a losing regular season and reached the state championship game.
Bohemia Manor, which overpowered the Pointers in the state final, was left behind in Class 1A. Sparrows Point would have won the Class 2A North Region II (like with the baseball team, tell me who’s going to beat Sparrows Point out of Carver Vo-Tech, Digital Harbor, Patterson, Southwestern and Chesapeake), but the Pointers wouldn’t have gotten past the quarterfinal round.
In lacrosse, Sparrows Point remains in Class 1A. The Pointer boys need to beat Loch Raven to reach the quarterfinals, then it’s a matter of when they run into Patterson Mill.
Same story for the girls, except they also probably have Fallston to worry about.
The Dundalk softball team, despite the graduation of star slugger Alexia Fouts, had enough coming back to again contend for the county Division II title.
Sparrows Point’s tennis team, off of last season’s surprise state title, lost its champion girls doubles, but would have enjoyed another good season.
Dundalk, meanwhile will probably miss out on two track and field state titles.
Taishaun Craddock finished second in the 110 hurdles and third in the 300 hurdles at the Class 3A state championships last season.
Both races were close: Craddock lost by about three-tenths of a second in both races.
Macy Gerbes of Sparrows Point, the defending Class 1A state champ in the 3,200-meter run, would face a tougher challenge this year in Class 2A.
On one hand, the top seven Class 2A finishers in the 3,200 meters last season bettered Gerbes’ time of 11:52.
On the other hand, Gerbes wasn’t exactly pushed hard in her race, finishing 17 seconds ahead of the runner-up.
The Patapsco girls lacrosse team would have built off its county Division III championship last season as it moves back up to Division II.
Division II is tougher, but the Patriots had a lot of young, talented players last season who now have a year of experience under their belts.
They also been looking forward to a re-match with Dundalk after losing to the Owls last season. Not getting a chance to play that game may represent the greatest loss of the season.
So, to some up the season that likely won’t happen: two state titles for Dundalk’s Craddock, and a top three or better state finish for Point’s Gerbes; four regional titles for Sparrows Point in baseball, softball and girls and boys lacrosse; division titles or winning seasons for Dundalk softball and Patapsco girls lacrosse; and possibly some regional titles for Point tennis.