The TSSAA has officially canceled spring sports for the 2020 school year. With that comes the abrupt end for seniors across the county. Some will have the luxury of moving on to play college ball in their respective sports, but the harsh reality is that most kids will never get to play the game they grew up loving anymore.
We at Main Street Preps want to do something to honor these seniors. It is not much, but we are hopeful these senior spotlights will shed light on stellar careers enjoyed on the fields.
This particular article will focus on the Station Camp Bison baseball seniors: JD Reynolds, Garrett Liles, Hunter Lautzenheiser, Jeremy Cochran, and Max Barnett.
This group of seniors played a vital role in the Bison winning the District 9-AAA and Region 5-AAA Championships last season. They are a class that is attributed with helping turn the culture into what head coach Korey Heppeard envisioned four years ago.
“The toughest thing about all this is not having those guys pass on their work ethic and show their leadership abilities,” Heppeard said of the lost season.
Also, with the lost season comes the realization of not defending what is theirs in both the district and region titles, but that is secondary when it comes to Heppeard’s feelings toward the seniors.
“Yes, there is disappointment in that, but that is not important right now,” he said. “I will get to coach again, but some of these kids will never get to play again, and that is the more important thing to look at.”
Though the season is lost and development for his program is taking a massive hit during this process, Heppeard is looking at the positives, and he hopes his fellow coaches and players are doing the same.
“This has been a good time for my family and me,” he said. “Myself and my wife are both teachers and coaches, so we are not home a lot. This (pandemic) gives me a chance to spend time with the family. It has been excellent in that aspect.”