by Rick Bloom
AS THE FALL, 2020 athletic season gradually gives way to the Winter sports schedules of 2020-21, a number of our own garnered All Western Reserve Conference honors for their accomplishments of the past few months. Perhaps these athletes deserve even more praise than in any other year, for having done so under the constant cloud and uncertainty we’ve come to know as “Covid-19”. Determined and steadfast, these Arcs distinguished themselves among their conference peers and opposing coaches:
ALL WRC CONFERENCE
~ Amay Parker / Volleyball
~ Maliek Williams, Alfred Murray, Addonis Santiago, Chris Tinsley, AJ Shorts, Matt Kendig / Football
~ Mya Cannaday, Ronisha Reed / Girls Soccer
~ Michael Farrell, Julius Jofferion / Golf
~ Nathan Eckman, Matthew Kendig / Boys Soccer
~ Donyette Kaigler, Julia Monaco / Volleyball
~ Fred Johnson, Khalil Littlejohn / Football
~ Amira Bailey, Marissa Betts / Girls Soccer
~ Brune Boukobza, Jessyka Camandillo / Tennis
~ Delbert Longino, Dennis Palacios Acosta / Boys Soccer
~ Chaely Raynor / Girls CC
~ Delbert Longino, Luca Gray / Boys CC
A special “thank you” is due the South Euclid – Lyndhurst School District, led by Superintendent Dr. Linda Reid, Assistant Superintendent Dominick Kaple, Assistant Superintendent Melissa Thompson, Brush High Principal Karl Williamson, Athletic Director Rob Atwood, and Assistant AD J.C. Collins, in addition to others whose vision and planning expertise were combined with the desire to forge ahead through challenging circumstances so that the Brush student athletes were able to enjoy at least a taste of “normalcy” via their extracurriculars.
Appreciation is also befitting the massive efforts of Tina Thompson, Head Trainer & Medical Advisor for Arc sports, as well as all of the coaching staffs for having to add layers and layers of planning and adjustment to what would be a typical athletic season. No one knew if seasons would begin…if they would be halted in midstream…and the diligence of these coaches helped make certain that no student was placed in harm’s way over and above the natural unpredictability of the virus in our midst.
Lastly, gratitude is granted the parents, guardians, and family members who had to endure numerous changes in the way a high school season normally plays out, made persistent sacrifices, yet still brought positivism, encouragement, and Arc pride to the various courts, fields, courses, and sidelines so that the long tradition of Brush Athletics could be a part of their student’s experience.
So again, congratulations to ALL who persevered this Fall…to the administrators, athletes, coaches, game workers, staff, families, and community – for while the scoreboard won’t show it, we recorded an “undefeated season” in one significant aspect – the games were played, and memories were made !