As Shannon Schoch takes the field this year, there is one challenge she has to face that she hasn't encountered so far in her high school career. She is required to wear a mask, at all times, while she competes. Schoch is just one of many athletes at DHS, and across the state, who has to face this challenge everyday in their sport.
On Thursday, September 3, Governor Whitmer repealed her Executive Order 2020-160 which prevented all sports unable to abide by the proper social distancing rules and from competing against opposing schools. As great as this was for fall athletes who now got the opportunity to compete this fall, it was followed up the same day with an Executive Order that required these student athletes to show up, compete, and walk away with a mask covering their faces at all times.
“If everyone has to wear a mask, we’re all affected equally,” junior soccer player Ben Pritchard said. “So, although it makes it harder to catch my breath, it hasn’t really affected my play.” ‘
And while most athletes agree that the playing field is even, as everyone has to compete in the mask, senior football player Caleb Drenner plays as if he’s not wearing a mask.
“Wearing a mask has not affected my play one bit, I am still the best pass rusher in the SEC,” Drenner said.
We have come to the conclusion that most athletes agree upon following the mandates so they can play their sport, but where they disagree is if competing in the spring was the best option. Seniors Delaney Arnedt and Anna Shehab both mention that they would rather play Volleyball in the spring, where Senior Charlotte Hawley and Sophomore Clara Thomas would rather have their Dance season in the Spring.
Regardless, the athletes in the Dreadnaught community have proven to be extremely blessed to have the opportunity to compete this fall, regardless of the changes COVID-19 has made to each sport.
Photos by: Sophia Plantz, Beca Porto and Ryan Maki.