It was a season of thrills that ended too soon. The Parker Broncs provided all kinds of excitement in all their sports for the 2019-20 school year. Several teams made it to their state tournaments, and the girls’ basketball team won their region title. The football team had its best season in years.
It was a season that ended too soon. It went out not with a bang, but a whimper. As the coronavirus pandemic spread throughout America, it began to affect every aspect of life in this nation, including our education system.
In March, the NBA and the NHL cancelled the remainder of their seasons. The NCAA cancelled their men’s and women’s basketball championships. Major League Baseball ended Spring Training and postponed the start of the 2020 season. While the Arizona Interscholastic Association said it would be up to their member schools as to whether high school sports should continue, it was soon clear that high school sports in Arizona would be affected.
On March 20, Gov. Doug Ducey and State School Superintendent Kathy Hoffman closed the state’s schools until April 13. The AIA cancelled all athletic events until that time.
On March 30, the schools were closed for the rest of the 2020-21 school year. The AIA then cancelled all high school sports for the remainder of the spring semester.
The baseball, softball and track seasons had all just gotten underway when the schools were closed, and it looked like the Broncs were going to create some real excitement. The golf season hadn’t even started yet.
The following are the Parker High Athletes of the Year as selected by the Pioneer staff. You will note there were no selections for baseball, softball, track or golf. These sports were cut off just after they started. The decision was made not to name any athletes in these sports because there really hadn’t been enough games or meets to judge who the best players were for the season.
Hopefully, the situation with the coronavirus will have stabilized by next year, and we’ll be able to include all of Parker High’s sports. In the meantime, congratulations to all the student athletes and their coaches for a great school year.
Go Broncs in 2020-21!