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Triple-jumper Jordyn Johnson on her senior season being cut short

Triple-jumper Jordyn Johnson on her senior season being cut short

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, a number of high school seniors saw their final sports seasons cut short. At NBC Sports Washington, we invited them to share their stories. This one comes to us from Archbishop Carroll senior track and field student-athlete Jordyn Johnson.

Walking into 2020, I had different notions about my senior year. Starting and finishing my indoor season with great numbers I expected my outdoor season to be a phenomenal way to end my high school career. With the wins I was accumulating, I made first-team All-Met and finished my season ranked in the top 10 nationally in the triple jump but missing out on the New Balance Indoor Nationals and a chance to compete and challenge the best the country has to offer.

Knowing that my outdoor season has been stripped away, it's traumatic because I was looking forward to competing at Mt. SAC relays in California, Penn relays, our WCAC conference championship and our outdoor state championship. The suspension has affected me not only from improving my numbers but it has caused major setbacks in training.

It’s overwhelming when you know all the things you worked hard for is being stripped away within a heartbeat. Not only is it taking away my last track meets in high school but it has caused a delay in my prom and graduation. Something I have been waiting for my entire life.

To deal with this devastating news I have consumed myself with my school work, FaceTime, movies, TikToks with family, going on runs in my neighborhood, and focusing on getting ready for my freshman season of college track at Delaware State.

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Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Q&A with Gonzaga 5-star QB Caleb Williams about why he picked the schools in his final 5

Caleb Williams, the 5-star quarterback out of Gonzaga College High School, dropped his final five of college options last Monday: Maryland, Penn State, Clemson, LSU and Oklahoma.

According to Caleb’s father, Carl Williams, they plan to make a final decision about which program he'll attend before the new school year starts. They want Caleb to be able to enjoy his senior season and focus on recruiting other student athletes to come with him wherever he chooses to go.

I had a conversation with Caleb to find out what stood out to him about each of these programs and why they made the cut.

When I think of Penn State, I think, “We Are.” Happy Valley has an amazing football community steeped in tradition. Why are you potentially interested in playing for Coach [James] Franklin?

Other than the 110K fans they have each week -- I’ve known Coach Franklin since freshman year, and I’ve known a few of the other coaches on staff since before then, so it’s all about relationship building.

Beyond that, their fans are great. I went to the Blue/White game, and they were just as loud as if it were a real game and they were playing Michigan or Ohio State.

In considering the [Clemson] Tigers, not only do they offer the “ALL IN” championship culture, but also the potential of playing for a coach like Dabo Swinney, who dances and goes out of his way to connect with student athletes. What attracts you to Clemson?

Like you said, Coach Dabo… he’s a mature kid. He’s awesome [laughs]. He’s awesome and he’s really genuine. He’s a Christian man, and you can’t really beat that.

He doesn’t consider what he’s doing “work.” He loves going in and doing what he’s supposed to do in life. 

LSU is the defending National Champion -- so they have that in their favor -- and Heisman trophy winner Joe Burrow starred at quarterback with the Tigers. Last season’s offensive coordinator Joe Brady has left for the NFL, though. Why are you still considering LSU?

Coach O [Ed Orgeron]. He kind of makes you want to run through a brick wall at times. On game day, when you have that juice running through you, there’s not much anybody else can do to you. When you have love for the game [individually] and are willing to run through a brick wall, you should be unstoppable. 

And their fans… if you haven’t been to an LSU game, you need to go. They say some things I can’t say on social media, but it’s an awesome experience. You’ll laugh and have a great time.

What coach [Lincoln] Riley has been able to do with quarterbacks at Oklahoma is unheard of. Every year they have a Heisman candidate at QB putting up huge numbers. How do you see yourself fitting into that Boomer Sooner system?

If you look at the last four years or so, I believe I can do just about anything Kyler [Murray], Baker [Mayfield] or [Jalen] Hurts have done either physically or mentally. And if you look at the history of Oklahoma football -- they’ve produced hall of famers both at the NFL and college level. Also, with Coach Riley being who he is; an awesome family man and awesome coach, you can’t really beat that.

The University of Maryland makes your top five, and the DMV community is going nuts over that. Coach [Mike] Locksley is building something special. [Wide receiver] Rakim Jarret is attempting to lead the next “Stay Home Movement.” If you choose the Terps, it’ll blow the roof off this thing.

I’ve known coach Locksley and coach Scottie Montgomery for years now. I’ve known coach Scottie since he was at Duke with coach [David] Cutcliffe, Peyton Manning’s coach, and I’ve known coach Locksley since he was at Alabama when they were recruiting me.

Over time, they’ve continued to recruit me and now that coach Locksley is back home, Maryland is on the list.

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St. Charles high school senior Tremaine Chesley on what it was like to have coronavirus cut short senior year

St. Charles high school senior Tremaine Chesley on what it was like to have coronavirus cut short senior year

Due to the outbreak of coronavirus, a number of high school seniors saw their final sports seasons cut short. At NBC Sports Washington, we invited them to share their stories. This one comes to us from St. Charles senior Tremaine Chesley, whose team would have been in the semifinals of the MPSSAA boys basketball state tournament.

To know my senior season is over and all the hard work I’ve been putting in since my 9th-grade year is over with, my season doesn’t feel complete. My team and I had a goal from the beginning of this season and that was to make it to the Xfinity Center at the University of Maryland. We were right there and we couldn’t play. 

It really didn’t dawn on us until we realized it’s been weeks and we still haven’t heard anything or played a game yet.

I talked to some of the seniors and they always just tell me they miss the season they want to finish and I agree. But something I always say is our bond is strong and they could take the season from us but not the bond we got. 

With the season ending like this for us seniors, we have to get ready for college and make the best decision for us.

So I keep telling them to stay in shape, keep working out and stay safe and we will all be good.

Yours Truly,
Tre5