Beauty in high school sports
The ending of the spring sport season is a transition period unlike any other in high school sports. While the fall and winter seasons can bring the same level of excitement and passion from the athletes that participate during the school year.
It becomes much different once the winter frost has disappeared in favor of the warm weather and the soft breezes of springtime.
But for a number of student-athletes, it will be the last time they will be able to experience the highs and lows of playing high school sports.
The flow of the school year is broken with the approaching summer, but for the seniors that have played the final inning, quarter, or match of their careers - the occasion marks a major transition in life.
After the season come to a close, it can be difficult to keep things in perspective. Obviously it is.
The hustle and bustle of proms, making final memories with classmates, and this pesky thing called graduation - making time to give thought to the years spent playing sports in high school can be an abstract and forgotten concept.
But take the opportunity to look around and get the last whiff of the roses before it is too late.
Regardless of how the season ended - whether it was in euphoria with a state championship or with a crushing defeat - the fact is that playing high school sports will always stand out as a highlight in life.
However, it won’t be because of the wins and losses columns.
It will be the memories — both good and bad — that will remain long after that last practice.
It will be of those bus ride back to the school after a big win and the joy that came with those trips.
But also those silent return trips following losses so tough, the frustration remains to this day.
Those practices when a teammate would crack jokes so funny, even coach would laugh.
High school sports is more than just getting the accolades and the lettermen. No matter what the memory, the ending of the spring season begins the reality that things are coming to an end.
Although several will continue on playing in college — it never compares to the high school experience.
And it is truly an experience. The games were great.
But the fun was even better.
It was hard. It was time consuming. It might have even killed a social life or two — but the dedication and discipline it takes to be able to juggle the strains and stresses of grades, sports, and trying to be a normal high school students.
That deserves praise of the highest order.
As the last pitches are made. As the final point is scored, try and take a moment to let it all sink in. Life goes fast, but four years goes in the blink of an eye.
There were plenty of blood, sweat, and probably a couple of tears.
But not as many laughs, smiles, or joy.
Seniors look back fondly on the time spent playing with friends and sharing in the same memories and good times can and will last lifetimes.
Just look around. Take it all in.
It might create the best memory of them all.