At Niles High School, athletes are undergoing COVID symptom tests before they get their physicals done and the school says that physical distancing and wearing masks is critical for a successful season.
Leman was one of the top high school runners in Michigan. He was an all-state cross country runner and qualified for the state cross country and indoor track meets. However, his favorite part about running wasn’t the winning, it was the relationships he built.
Nifong ended his high school basketball and soccer careers with wins. It's definitely not something every senior can say. Nifong played a huge role in both of those games and his four years in high school as a leader for the Dragons.
"It was great," Shepherd said. "On the athletics side, definitely with the senior boys and the senior girls, just making new friends and then reaching the levels like I did, the state meet, the state finals, it was always fun."
"We’re not just a team, we’re a family," Krugh said. "These girls aren’t just your teammates, they are your sisters. We’re going to go through it with them. We spent so much time with them. Starting in the summer you spend so much time with them."
"I would have never imagined leaving by my senior year I would have never pictured the success that the team had," Himelick said. "Leaving as the winningest senior is awesome, and being a three time sectional champ because it’s never happened at Marian. I will cherish those moments forever. It was just an incredible ride."
"Ultimately, I just wanted to try and play against and with some of the best players in the country," Green said. "Just to challenge myself. My first two years back home, they were challenging but it could get easier. My senior year, I could tell, I would dominate. I just wanted to be challenged every day and going to La Lumiere, it challenged me for sure."
"If you go through anything that's very heartbreaking, I would have to say keep your head up and you'll get through it," Fitzgerald said. "It may take awhile. It may not. But eventually you will. Good things come."
"Going into that junior year, I really put on some weight," Durkiewicz said. " I started lifting weights, and I was like, 'I can really do this.' My junior year I believed, my senior year I kept getting offers and it just went from there. I realized that this could possibly change my life."
"I would like people to remember me as someone who was always positive and friend they could always go to if they needed anything," Knight said. "I was someone who always would step out and comfort someone and offer any help.
"They were so much fun," Gomez said. "They were very fun. I am very sad that they ended so soon but they were so much fun. I have so many memories. It was just really fun because all of the girls got along really well. It was a family."
"I went to Kansas with the mindset of I want to build something special," Jones said. "I understand there’s been a little rough history, but we’ve got all new coaches in. A great head coach, great skill position coaches and I just want to build something. Hopefully we can create a legacy we will be remembered by."
"I have so many great memories from high school," Kirkton said. "It was really fun. I loved being a Redhawk. I hope that people remember me as someone that was a good teammate and was helpful and was a leader that someone looked up to."
"That was crazy, that whole night," Patterson said. "The accomplishments that I made up to that point and to be able to do that, it was crazy. I didn’t expect it my first game my freshman year, I would have never thought I would be able to do that."
"I would just say having the mental toughness to get through the workout because you can do it," Thompson said. "You can run, three or four or five miles, but it’s all in your head. You can still do it."
"I’ve worked super hard my four years," Haldeman said. "There are times I wanted to give up, during practice, studying for big tests but I wouldn’t be where I was if I gave up. Just keep pushing through and learning to stay focused on your goal in the end."
"Every day after practice in my junior year, I would run sprints just to show that I’m hungry for the position," Johnson said. "When I got the position, I kept doing that to let them know I’m doing whatever it takes to keep it."
"I definitely focused on the athletic part doing the best I could there but I knew to get that award, you also had to be a good student too," Davis said. "I poured a lot into my grades over the years ever since middle school."
"At NorthWood we don’t only focus on creating great athletes but the biggest thing is create great people," Miller said. "We believe without having a great personality and good morals, the athletic part isn't going to come. Its really helped me through life."