Senior Night – Celebrating NCAA athletes whose seasons were cut short amid coronavirus


The sports world was put on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic, leaving college and high school seniors to ask, “What if?”

ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt started a Twitter thread called #SeniorNight that garnered thousands of responses to honor athletes who didn’t have a chance to play for a championship or seniors who played their last game without ever realizing it.

Van Pelt’s post, which was retweeted more than 15,000 times and received over 89,000 likes, highlighted only a fraction of the stories from college and high school athletes over the past few weeks.

play2:03College gymnasts look back on memorable careers

Senior gymnasts from Illinois, Oklahoma, LSU and more look back on the best moments from their college careers.

Honoring seniors whose seasons were cut short

Given the chance to play one more year after COVID-19 wiped out her senior season, Miami’s Estela Perez-Somarriba delayed going pro to defend her singles title. D’Arcy Maine

Arizona’s Jessie Harper learned discipline to become a better hitter than a slugger. That patience will help the senior near the NCAA softball home run record. Graham Hays

Senior Jack Boyle’s game-winning buzzer-beater sent Pomona-Pitzer to the Division III Sweet 16. But due to the coronavirus pandemic, it would be his last shot. Dave Wilson

FIU beach volleyball duo Margherita Bianchin and Federica Frasca opted to stay in South Florida rather than return to Italy, where the coronavirus struck ahead of the United States. Andrea Adelson

  • Maine: Oklahoma’s Maggie Nichols still the ‘Jordan of college gymnastics’ despite abrupt end to career

  • David Hale: NC State women see bright side of college basketball season’s stunning end

  • Maine: Kyla Ross, Madison Kocian find closure after abrupt end to UCLA gymnastic careers

  • Watch: Senior NCAA gymnasts share their favorite moments

  • Ryan Hockensmith: Iowa wrestling is back, even without an NCAA title

  • Emily Kaplan: Cornell hockey coaches lament lost shot at double national championship

  • Women’s basketball: Baylor senior Lauren Cox: ‘Heartbroken is an understatement’

  • Men’s basketball: Coach K expresses ‘tremendous empathy’ for Duke seniors

  • Basketball tributes: Kansas men | Kentucky men | UConn women

play2:19SVP celebrates Week 3 of #SeniorNight

Scott Van Pelt spotlights teams from Westport, Connecticut, Utica, New York, and more as he begins Week 3 of #SeniorNight, honoring those whose seasons were cut short.

Revisiting #SeniorNight with Scott Van Pelt

Many high school and colleges athletes across the country played their last games without realizing it after the coronavirus outbreak cut their seasons short. Scott Van Pelt honored them. Read more

  • Watch: SVP honors Bucknell baseball in final week of #SeniorNight

  • Watch: TCU equestrian headlines SVP’s #SeniorNight

  • Best of #SeniorNight: Rider women’s basketball | Northeastern hockey | Sioux Falls women’s basketball | Loras College wrestling

play4:01Drehs details the inspirational seniors whose seasons were cut short

ESPN writer Wayne Drehs goes in-depth on the seniors he talked to and how inspirational they are after having their seasons taken from them by the coronavirus pandemic.

How the pandemic brought perspective to high schools

  • Wayne Drehs: Coronavirus derails sports seasons for Class of 2020, but delivers perspective

  • Drehs: Despite tornado and coronavirus, Donelson Christian Academy softball claims it’s the ‘luckiest’ team around

  • Elizabeth Merrill: Amid coronavirus cancellations, one Nebraska team managed to finish its season on top

  • Watch: Cabot High School baseball is honored on SVP’s final #SeniorNight


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