By: Lyle Alenstein
With all the questions circulating about COVID at the beginning of the school year, a popular concern among students was if sports were still going to happen. While a later start pushed fall sports back, the Bears were able to return to the fields and court, ready to represent the school. Due to all the safety guidelines issued by the state, the fall looked different from the typical competing teams you would see. The normal fall sports consist of girls’ and boys’ soccer, cross country, girl’s tennis, field hockey, cheerleading, football, and volleyball. While most of these teams were able to resume in the fall per usual, cheerleading, football, and volleyball did not pass the CDC-issued guidelines, as they were deemed a high-risk sport. This brought worry to those student-athletes that participated in these sports as to whether or not they were going to have a season. Their worries were left behind when the Fall 2 season was created. Fall 2 took place in between the winter and spring sports seasons, allowing for these teams to play. Students were ecstatic to take the field/court, especially the seniors who had the opportunity to represent the Bears for the final time. The volleyball team made the most of their season featuring 2 wins in just a short season. The cheerleading team was able to attend most of the football games. The real highlight, though, was the football team, who finished 4-0 and won the independent league championship. The Bears, led by St. Lawrence commit Jackson Mauro, Brandon Rispoli and versatile 2-way player Jayden “The Trench” Amador, defeated Alexander Hamilton 35-7 in the championship game to cap off the undefeated season. While this season was far from a normal one, the Bears played their hearts out during the first ever (and hopefully last) Fall 2 season. It all paid off in the end, as nothing is as sweet as winning a championship to represent your school.