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Spring Sports Q&A: Woodland's Sydnee Plesko

Athletes doing best to stay game ready during halt to season

Sydnee Plesko
Sydnee Plesko

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Ten questions with a high school spring sports athlete unable to play during the current coronavirus containment measures:

1) Name

Sydnee Plesko

2) School, year, college plans

Woodland, junior, has been looking at Eureka College and hopes to play softball and study elementary education wherever she decides to go

3) Spring sport(s)

Softball

4) How did you first hear that the season was being suspended?

“We were actually at practice, just finished up and were standing around home plate. Coach (Jordan) Farris told us he wasn’t sure what would happen with school and practice, and then Coach Mike (Hoekstra) said, ‘Here’s what just happened,’ and told us about the governor’s order (to temporarily close Illinois' schools).

“We all didn’t know what to do. Coach Farris told us to just stay healthy and take care of ourselves and hope that the season can continue once this calms down.”

5) What were you and your teammates' feelings when first hearing the news the season was being halted?

“We were pretty upset. We have been practicing in open gyms every Sunday for quite a while, and we’d just put in two weeks of practice for five days a week. We were pretty disappointed, and just started hoping we can get back as soon as possible.”

6) Have you been doing anything to try to stay in game shape?

“My dad and I have been doing some work in the front yard off the tee, or I’ll go out by myself and hit. Before we were on quarantine lockdown, some girls from travel ball and a few from school ball, too, went out and just played catch, got some swings in.”

7) Have you stayed in contact with your coaches and teammates?

“For sure. Coach Farris will constantly remind us to stay active and take care of ourselves and keep hoping we’ll be able to play. And the team has a group chat to stay in contact and make sure we’re all surviving this craziness that’s going on.”

8) What do you miss most about being able to compete?

“I definitely miss that love for the game our team has. Our team has a bond, we love to play together. I just realized (last Wednesday) that it’s only been eight days (of school and practice missed). It feels like it’s been a month without softball.”

9) What were your personal goals for this season? How about team goals?

“As a player, my goal this season after I started off healthy, unlike last season, was I wanted to stay healthy and build off last season … continue to grow in skill and as a leader now that I’m an upperclassman. As a team, we are really young, and our goal was to grow and just have fun.”

10) Do you think the season will still take place? If so, in what form/under what kind of schedule?

“I think it’ll still take place — at least I really hope it does. I feel like if you give us one or two days to get back in the groove and (for everyone to) refresh, I think it’ll definitely be a great season.”

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