On Friday afternoon, April 3, 2020, the Michigan High School Athletic Association made the difficult decision to cancel all sports for the rest of the school year in support of the state of emergency order in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everyone feels emptiness at this time, a shared sense of heartbreaking empathy and sadness that especially goes out to athletes in the Class of 2020. Our Seniors were consistent participants in the weight room this winter and led the way in our three days of tryouts in March. We hadn’t even selected our teams (JV and Varsity), but the coaches enjoyed the combination of kids, and we saw the potential in these young men.
Although isolated and “socially distant”, no one is alone at this moment. We have shared time, collaboration, triumph, and defeat through the years. Now we share disappointment caused by no fault of our own. Not since World War II has there been a cancellation of high school sports in Michigan. Certainly, there are going to be a lot of “what ifs and could’ve beens” for a long time. However, NEVER REGRET THAT YOU MADE THE EFFORT. The self-disciplined approach in preparation for the season is something you can continue to build upon. We hope and pray that all 2020 Seniors across the nation find ways to forge ahead when American life returns to “normal”. You will have many great opportunities in the next 50-to-60 years, and the world needs you to be ready for them.
I have been part of Powers Catholic Baseball and the English Department for over 40 years. We’ve been blessed, but it’s never been easy. Today, we are in an historic moment and unprecedented circumstances. As hollow as this sounds, it still rings true: no matter what happens, we can handle it.
Please reach out to me or any of our coaches if you need help in any way. If you need a sounding board or guidance, we’re here.
Stay healthy and stay strong. Be good to yourself.
Yours in baseball and in life. Much love and respect. –Coach Dutkowski