The high school spring sports season ended just a week before it was set to begin, as the coronavirus impacted sports at every level and sent the entire country into a sport-less slog for the past month.

For high school seniors participating in spring sports, the unforeseen circumstance denied them a final payoff for their years of hard work and dedication and one final chance to represent their school.

This week, theNews-Chronicle will begin to recognize Shippensburg spring sports seniors to give them the Senior Night they were unable to have on the field. 

The first Senior Night Spotlight is on Greyhound baseball infielder Noah Jumper and softball outfielder Haley Bruck.

 

Noah Jumper

Noah Jumper has been playing baseball for 12 years, working his way up from T-ball to varsity. He started at second base for the Greyhound varsity team last spring and was set to once again play a key role for the team as a senior.

What do you love about being a Greyhound?

“My family, we all played baseball. I started playing T-ball and played the whole way up through,” Noah said. “It’s fun, it’s competitive and I like spending time with friends and being able to build a bond with them.”

Favorite moment as a Greyhound?

“Playing varsity and being around my teammates throughout the season. The community loves all our sports programs,” he noted. “People show support and they always come to our games.”

What are your future plans?

Noah said that he attend Shippensburg University in the fall, adding he is undecided on a major.

What advice do you have for underclassmen?

“It’s crazy, I never thought that [the coronavirus] would get this big and it’s sad, because some of us aren’t going to be able to play at the next level. Enjoy your time playing the game, because it doesn’t last forever and sometimes it ends sooner than later,” he said.

 

Haley Bruck

Haley Bruck was set to be one of the team leaders for the Greyhound softball team this spring as one of only two seniors on the roster and the only senior with varsity experience.

She began playing softball when she was 4. She went on to play both softball and field hockey in high school.

“My mom and dad decided to sign me up [for softball] and ever since then I’ve just always enjoyed it because my parents were there to coach me,” Haley said.

What do you love about being a Greyhound?

“Just being able to do what I love and being able to represent Shippensburg High School softball and being with all the girls that I play with,” she said.

What has been your most memorable moment?

“My favorite accomplishment was when I was able to be a part of the varsity team when they went to districts and were league champs [as a sophomore].”

What are your future plans?

Haley plans to go to Shippensburg University and major in childhood education.

“My brother is 10 years younger than me, and watching him grow and helping him with school and stuff just made me realize that I want to be a teacher and help the younger generations.”

What advice do you have for underclassmen?

“I’ve been saying this to everyone. Don’t take it for granted, you never know when it will be the last time you step on the softball field,” Haley said. “I got my whole senior year taken away. Don’t take anything for granted and always work hard and do your best. Play like it’s your last game you’ll ever play.”

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