Wilson Hall plans to do a few things to honor its 2020 senior student-athletes who lost their spring sports seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first of those is currently on display along the outfield wall of Baron Field facing Wilson Hall …
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Wilson Hall plans to do a few things to honor its 2020 senior student-athletes who lost their spring sports seasons due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first of those is currently on display along the outfield wall of Baron Field facing Wilson Hall Road.
Banners with each of the school's 23 spring sports seniors are hanging from the fence. It has the senior photographs of each student-athlete as well as the sport in which each is competing.
"As far as we're concerned, our hearts are broken for our seniors, all of our spring student-athletes and our coaching staffs," said Wilson Hall athletic director Glen Rector. "They've put in a lot of time and hard work and I know it hurts not to be able to complete the year.
"I know one of the highlights each year for the seniors is having Senior Night. We obviously weren't able to do that for them this year. This is something we can do to let them know how much they are appreciated."
Rector said Wilson Hall has been thinking of several things it could do for its seniors since the shutdown due to the coronavirus began. He said the banner idea, which Sumter High School put in place a couple of weeks ago, was something the school had been considering.
"We just wanted to wait and make sure we were not going to have any sports before we did anything," he said. "We saw what they Sumter High School did and how good it looked. We were not necessarily copying it; we were just waiting until we knew exactly what was going to happen."
With Wilson Hall a K-12 school, Rector said the vast majority of the seniors are student-athletes who have gone exclusively to the school.
"Most of these kids start sports in middle school and junior varsity in the sixth grade," Rector said. "We have a large number of kids who have grown up at Wilson Hall."
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