According to Grove City baseball coach Ryan Alexander, one of the school's longtime mantras is "stay ready."

That has been emphasized by the Greyhounds during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, as spring athletes are waiting to hear if their season will get underway.

The baseball team was scheduled to travel to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, over spring break, but that trip was canceled. Instead, players were instructed to maintain social distancing while also remaining ready to compete.

"That's always one of our mantras at Grove City, stay ready," Alexander said. "It couldn't be a better year to have that as a piece of what we always believe in. ... It's the first time since I've known these kids when they were 10 years old that it's been this long since I've seen their faces. It's definitely a different time period."

An initial statewide three-week closing of schools ends Friday, April 3. The OHSAA instituted a no-contact period during that time, although teammates can communicate and coaches are allowed to send their athletes suggested workouts. The earliest spring sports could begin under the initial ruling is April 11, following a five-day acclimation period.

Update: Gov. Mike DeWine announced March 30 that schools will remain closed through May 1.

For senior catcher Jake Burris, his main focus has been conditioning and remaining baseball-ready.

"It's been a crazy few weeks," he said. "We have to have faith and be optimistic and be ready. When we're home and nobody is looking, we have to stay ready. It really is our motto, stay ready. We have to show that we can stay ready to see if we can get going or not."

Burris said his schedule has included push-ups, sit-ups, taking swings and watching film. His prep career would be over if the season is canceled.

"It would be devastating because we gave 100 percent in the offseason and to see the strides we were making as a ballclub and to see it stripped away like that," he said. "We're staying with our faith, we're keeping optimistic and we're trying to ride this thing out."

Central Crossing senior baseball player Tyler Ronevich hopes the season eventually will begin.

"We had about three or four weeks of practice (before the layoff) and we were looking pretty sharp," said Ronevich, who has tried to remain as active as possible.

"There's not much to do, but I have been doing an inside workout I got from my summer team at Bo Jackson (Elite Sports in Hilliard). It has things like push-ups, working on rotator cuff movement and things like that."

Ronevich, a pitcher, third baseman and first baseman, has committed to Miami University.

"(If the season was canceled) that would be pretty devastating since it's my senior year," he said. "Playing baseball as a senior is something I have dreamed of, that's for sure."

For Grove City track and field coach Jane Taylor, a main concern has been her athletes' well-being as they contend with these unsettling times.

"The kids are so upset, more so because of the fear of the unknown," Taylor said. "I am heartbroken for them. Fingers are crossed that this will be over soon."

Lindsay Donaldson, who specializes in middle-distance events, was hoping for a strong senior season. She said the team developed workout plans just before the school closed.

"Some of us have been meeting at the track and doing things at home to try to stay in shape for hopefully the season," she said. "It was definitely hard for all the seniors on the team to put so much hard work in the offseason and for school to be closed. We're hoping for the best."

Donaldson said the cancellation of spring sports would be difficult to take.

"It will be hard on all of us because we put in so much time," she said. "We didn't know through the whole week leading up to school closing that it could have been the last practice. We could never have our last first track meet (of the season) or have senior night taken away from us."

Grove City Christian senior Morgan Iverson remains optimistic that she will be able to compete in her fourth Division III state track meet before she begins her college career at Division II Hillsdale in Michigan.

Iverson, who specializes in the pole vault, finished sixth (11 feet) at state last season and seventh (10-6) as a sophomore. She holds the program record of 11-9.

"I'm very thankful that the OHSAA hasn't just completely canceled everything," Iverson said. "As long as we go back to school, we will have a season. I understand it's a possibility that I won't have a season, but I'm choosing to stay positive about it and hoping for the best. It will depend on where we stand as a state and a nation."

In the Division II-III girls state indoor meet March 7 at SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Iverson placed second (12-0).

"If this is it, I finished on a great note at indoor state," she said. "I met my goal for the indoor season, which was awesome."

Iverson trains year-round at Buckeye Pole Vault Academy in Sunbury, but that facility has been closed because of the pandemic.

"It's not a super fun time, especially being a senior," she said. "It really stinks. All of my poles are (at Buckeye Pole Vault Academy) and my new poles haven't come in for the season yet. I'm doing drills, but I can't really do much."

Grove City Christian baseball coach A.J. McCampbell is hoping for at least a partial season. He said the senior class has a chance to finish with a winning record in all four seasons.

"Consistency-wise, that's pretty big for our school to be a class that can make that kind of impact," he said. "It would be disappointing and a letdown to not get the opportunity to see what this year could have been for a pretty significant senior class."

McCampbell said he told his players to remain active while school is closed.

"It's really frustrating," senior Jake Spegal said. "We got excited for the season and we even got a couple weeks of practice in, and then all of a sudden we're not practicing anymore and we don't know if we'll have a season. We just have to wait it out and see what happens. There's only so much we can control."

ThisWeek reporter Scott Hennen contributed to this story.