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So long, farewell: Seniors say goodbye to sports

Amy Michaud, Staff Journalist

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Before long the class of 2017 will have to say a great deal of goodbyes. Goodbye, hometown; goodbye, living at home; goodbye, childhood companions. But the most drastic change will be saying
goodbye to the  majority of the routine that has defined many departing seniors for the past 18 years.

As seniors say goodbye to the life they have known thus far, athletes that
did not sign to play in college also have to say goodbye to the sports to which they have dedicated their physical health, their time, and most importantly, their hearts.

Being part of a sport does mean giving yourself to the game, but it also means attaining a whole new level of joy.

“I’ve never played a sport I’ve loved yet hated so much in my life,” senior golfer Ethan Leggett said.

Many South Oldham High School (SOHS) seniors have finished or are currently concluding their final season of the sport they love.

During this season, some of these SOHS seniors made memories that will be long lasting in the minds of the athletes and the school.

“[I] loved playing the sport and [I] loved the team; it was a true brotherhood. We made some really great memories and made history for our school,” senior football player Tanner Bates said.

To these student athletes, their sport was more than just a game. For some, their team was a family who created experiences that they will keep in their hearts forever.

“I will miss it and am thankful for all the memories and relationships it brought,” senior soccer player Megan Blackford said.

Although saying farewell is a difficult part of leaving a  sport, it is not the only thing seniors want to say as they walk away.

“Thank you to my teammates for making my years at South so fun. I loved playing with y’all and I’ll remember the good times forever,” senior lacrosse and golfer Isaac Fluhr said.

Along with their teammates,  senior athletes would like to thank others for providing support along their athletic journey.

“I would like the thank my family, friends, and coaches I have had over the years,” senior golfer Cooper Gary said.

As SOHS senior athletes say thank you and bid a final farewell to their sporting community, they also look back on how amazing the journey was.
These graduating seniors will no longer be a part of their sport, but their sport will always be a part of them.

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