It was a lost season for the Warren County High School spring teams, but the Standard wanted to salute the seniors who were hoping to have one final run at glory.
Baseball, boys soccer, softball, tennis and track are all spring sports which would traditionally be concluding their regular seasons at this time. Final home games usually are time for senior nights, but due to COVID-19 closures, over 30 Pioneer seniors missed their curtain call.
It could’ve been an especially special final night for two spring coaches. Along with presiding over big senior classes, baseball coach Phillip King and soccer coach Matt Jackson were going to be on hand to witness their sons’ final games. Grant King and Josiah Jackson were set to be valuable role players as both Pioneer baseball and soccer had District 6AAA championship aspirations.
“You hate it for the circumstances. I look at all the kids – and it could have been breakout years for them,” said coach King. “Grant, he gets in two games but never throws a pitch his senior year. When we were shut down, I had Justin Brantley ready to start the next game and Will Rivers was working to make the transition from basketball to baseball.
“Moving forward, from a coaching point, you realize you can’t take anything for granted. You never know when it’s over.”
King, Brantley and Rivers joined Jack Keele, Trace Adcock, Heath Kuykendall and Brennan Keeton as the seven baseball seniors.
The softball seniors are Savannah Cox, MaKenna Mason and Calyn Damon. All three will be Lady Bucks next year, as Cox signed with Motlow for soccer and Mason and Damon will be softball teammates again.
The soccer seniors are Jackson, Edgar Lopez, Brian De Santiago, Angel Zarate, Jake Toney, David Castro, Kevin Dominguez, Brayden Chisam, FD De Santiago and Julian Villegas.
Mary-Ella Lee, Kaleb Bell and Randi Apple are the tennis seniors.
Note: The Standard was unable to collect all senior pictures for WCHS teams, along with seniors from Boyd and Covenant Academy. Photos will be published as they are made available.