Hello Bronco Wrestling Family,
We are all disappointed with the fact that we are not going back to "face to face" school this year. While I am grateful we got in the entire wrestling season and banquet, I am sad for all of the spring events that will be cancelled. There is no sense of closure for the school year, or for the seniors as they close out their high school careers. "Virtual" prom is just not the same as your senior prom and graduation. I know we will get through this together, and it makes me even more grateful to have "The Circle" and everyone involved with our wrestling program.
We WILL be together again, but we are not sure when that will be. Until then, we try to make things as "normal" as they can be through the use of Schoology, Zoom, and other technology that allows us to interact with one another. If there is a "silver lining" it is that the "shut down" has allowed me to be around my immediatle famly more, and to speak with old friends and familly members. But, I yearn for the days of school, wrestling meets, and even watching the boys chase each other around playing the game "tails" in the wrestling gym!
No decisions regarding summer camps and activities have been made yet, and we will let you know as soon as they have. Until then, "hang in there" and keep "bringin' the circle together" with your family. Mr. Obszust, the Athletic Director, asked me that I share this letter below with you.
From Mr. Obszust...
Dear BHS Student-Athlete:
I hope each of you are doing well and staying safe and healthy. We miss you!
I wanted to reach out to you to simply “touch base” and give you an update as to where things
stand at this time related to our spring athletic programs. I recently participated in an on-line
meeting that included Mr. Craig Anderson, Executive Director of the IHSA. Mr. Anderson
stated that the IHSA Board of Directors has been supportive in possibly allowing spring sports to
play into late June. This could mean that IHSA state tournaments would be set up in June or
there could be no IHSA state tournaments, but an opportunity for conferences to host games or
tournaments might exist. Obviously, the IHSA will be adhering to all federal and state health
department guidelines and recommendations before making any final decisions related to the
spring sports seasons.
We all know the important role athletics plays in your overall education and transformation into
adulthood. The life lessons and friendships that you obtain from your athletic participation are
priceless. I know that it is very difficult being away from teammates and coaches at this time.
I’m sure you probably never thought you would miss practices as much as you do now. Do not
hesitate to reach out to your coaches, teachers, or counselors if you are having personal struggles
during this time. These people care about you and are there for you.
I know as the weather gets nicer it becomes even more difficult to not get together with
teammates to go and get workouts in. Currently, our stadium, athletic fields, and tennis courts
are closed until further notice. We ask that our athletes show the leadership and sacrifice of an
ultimate team-player by continuing to adhere to and heed the recommendations of state officials
and medical experts. The quarantine and social distancing measures that have been put into
place, are not only for your safety, but also for those around you. We know this is difficult. Do
your best to work on your fitness and skills from your home. I know many coaches have reached
out with a variety of workouts that you can be doing from home.
I also wanted to let each of you know that no matter what transpires with the remainder of the
spring sports season, you will still be awarded your team participation awards. If this spring
marked the 2nd sport you have played this school year you will also be getting your PLAY TWO
shirt. We will also be awarding all of the usual end-of-year awards. If seasons do not continue,
we will find a way to have these awards distributed.
Like I mentioned earlier.....WE MISS YOU! As a show of support to our spring athletes,
especially our seniors, and to all of the first responders, healthcare, and essential workers we will
be turning our stadium lights on every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. 2020!..........It will be the 20th
hour (8:00 p.m.) for 20 minutes each Friday night till we are back.
We are in this together. Stay safe & healthy. WE ARE BARRINGTON!