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 soccer seniors: Josuue Urroz, Noah Blackwell, Phillip Smith, Jack Hanning, David Bombrys, Preston Webb, Justin Sarduy, Frankie Scalise, and Weston Dunlap.
These nine seniors have enjoyed a glorious run that has included back-to-back state championships and one state runner-up finish.
Throughout three seasons, this senior class has won 61 games and lost just five.
The toughest part of this pandemic is not having the opportunity to return to Murfreesboro and chase after their third title in four years.
“If our preseason games were a sign of what was to come, then yes, I think we get back to Murfreesboro,” head coach Jeremy Cooke stated. “Going into the season, I knew our team chemistry would be unbelievable. That is thanks to these seniors. They enjoyed each other and brought everyone closer together, and it hurts me to see their season taken away.
“It was a gut-wrenching feeling,” Cooke continued on the cancellation of the season. “Even for the ones who will get to play at the next level. It is still different because this was their last chance to play with the guys they grew up with. It is safe to say we are all taking it pretty hard. The toughest part about it all is wanting to do something for them, but you cannot.”
The nine seniors may not be remembered for what they do on the field, but they will be remembered for what they taught Cooke.
“They taught me to be more selfless,” he said. “Some of these guys accepted their roles and wanted to do what was best for the team because they wanted to be part of something special.”
To Josuue, Noah, Phillip, Jack, David, Preston, Justin, Frankie, and Weston, there is not anything I can write that will make the feeling of emptiness disappear. What I will say is that you may not realize it now, but you will become stronger men because of this.