BOONE — Watauga High School’s athletic office and its booster club wanted to do something special for the senior spring athletes, who saw their seasons come to a halt on April 13.
Those athletes will not get to play in any state playoffs and the seniors don’t get another chance at playing prep athletes. But people who drive on King Street downtown in Boone will know who the senior student-athletes are.
That’s because banners with their photos on them are hanging on streetlights downtown.
“We are so grateful for the town of Boone’s partnership in displaying the banners,” Emily Rothrock, who is the membership chair and is in charge of public relations for the Watauga Booster Club said in a statement. “The Public Works Department quickly adjusted over 50 banners to fit the brackets already in place.”
The seniors are also being recognized by the school by turning on the lights on the different playing fields of the spring sports. The lights go on at 8 p.m. and are turned off at 8:15 p.m.
Watauga Athletic Director Dustin Kerley credited the Watauga Booster Club for handling the entire project, including getting in touch with the town of Boone to get the banners hung and getting the photos taken of the student-athletes.
“Our Watauga Pioneer Booster Club coordinated getting those banners and getting the pictures made of the seniors,” Kerley said. “They really do a good job of coordinating that every sports season.”
Watauga sponsors baseball, softball, girls’ soccer, boys’ and girls’ track and field, boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, boys’ tennis and girls’ golf during the spring. Their seasons were postponed temporarily on March 13 by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association, and recently it was announced that spring sports would not return this year.
“While displaying their banners for a brief time can’t replace senior seasons, senior nights, senior banquets, senior playoff runs or senior memories that could have been made, we hope it is an encouragement for these student-athletes and their families during this difficult time,” Rothrock also said in a statement.