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Student athletes rewarded after season abruptly ended amid COVID-19

Posted at 3:28 AM, Jul 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-08 04:28:27-04

The High school sporting season came to such an abrupt end, especially for those in their last year. However, some local organizations are trying to reward athletes for their hard work.

Kate Clady played soccer, plus ran Track and Cross Country at Kenosha Indian Trial. This before her senior season was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think it definitely taught us, that it's important to play every last game, or run every last race like it's your last, because you never know what's going to happen," said Clady.

Like Kate, Tyler Ott ran track and cross country, plus played hockey while attending Slinger High. His senior year was also ended prematurely.

TMJ4 Main Sports Anchor Lance Allan says sports kind of came to a crashing halt, asking the athletes if it's nice to get this kind of an award.

"Well it was just like, that week after stuff shut down? You had no clue what was going on," said Tyler Ott.

But both are rewarded from the Cousins Subs Make it Better Foundation and the Wisconsin Sports Awards Scholarship contest.

"Such an amazing honor, especially with so many amazing student athletes in the state of Wisconsin. It's just like super humbling, and it really was rewarding that all of the hard work throughout high school was kind of paying off," said Kate Clady.

Kate will play soccer at Colorado School of the Mines.

"Especially being from this area? They're like why? Just ask me simply why have I chosen there? But there's a lot of things that drew me to that school. First of all, it's in a beautiful area of Golden, surrounded by the mountains which I love," Kate Clady says.

While Tyler will run track and cross country at MSOE, forgoing the challenge of playing hockey.

TMJ4 Main Sports Anchor Lance Allan asks cross country and track? You burn a lot of weight. You burn a lot of energy and in hockey, you usually think of people that are bigger. So was that a difficult thing for you to balance the two?

" Oh yeah, it was really difficult. That first week of hockey beats you up good and that first week of track really does beat you up good," Tyler Ott says.

Both deserving of their honors.

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