Sports are back: student athletes grateful for spring season

Almost a year after their season ended unexpectedly due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Emerson’s spring sports teams will be the first programs to compete in an official season since last March.

“When my coach told me in the beginning, it didn’t work out much, and then as I was on my way to campus I thought, ‘Holy shit,'” junior baseball captain Calvin Jacey said in an interview. “It really makes everything we’ve been through really worth it.”

The New England Women’s and Men’s Athletics Conference announced on Monday its plans for a spring sports season with ongoing COVID testing and mandatory masking. The Emerson athletes remained at the mercy for two days after the announcement, unsure whether the college would opt for the competition. The conference required each of its eleven member schools to independently determine whether they would choose the season, and Emerson was the penultimate school to make a decision.

Clark University, Springfield College, the United States Coast Guard Academy, Wheaton College and Worcester Polytechnic Institute have all agreed to participate in the spring season following the announcement. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Mount Holyoke College, Smith College and Wellesley College refused and Babson College has yet to make a decision.

Junior and inside softball pitcher Katelyn Torlincasi said in an interview that the team “tried to stay upbeat” but felt anxious looking forward to the …

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