Senior center fielder Ethan Hazelton of the Delaware Hayes baseball team has been doing what he can at home to stay sharp in the event that his season resumes.

Baseball, softball, lacrosse and track and field teams had been practicing for more than two weeks when the OHSAA announced a mandatory no-contact period would begin March 17 because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

All spring sports are postponed through at least May 1 because the OHSAA is following Gov. Mike DeWine's stay-at-home order.

Hazelton has strived to work out every day by hitting off a tee in his basement, running and doing push-ups and sit-ups. However, he hasn't been able to work on all aspects of the game at home.

"I haven't been able to do very much throwing at all," he said. "It's mostly just been hitting off a tee and trying to stay fit, at least."

While all teams are prohibited from holding practices or competitions during the no-contact period, coaches may send athletes suggested home workouts.

"We talked the last day we were all together on stuff (the players) could do to get better and work on individually, but it is up to them to continue to work and get better," said baseball coach Ryan Montgomery, whose team is hoping to get a chance to improve on last season, in which it finished 11-14 overall and 5-9 in the OCC-Cardinal Division and lost in the second round of the Division I district tournament.

Senior hurdler Ari Avant of the girls track and field team was looking forward to her final prep season after placing sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (15.06 seconds) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (1:05.01) at last year's Division I regional meet.

To stay ready, she said she's mainly been doing endurance work at home because she doesn't have access to a track to practice hurdling.

"I've been going on lots of long runs," Avant said. "I've been running about two to three miles a day, so that's really different for me.

"It's kind of difficult because I don't get to do (weight) lifting as much and stuff like that, but it's good to do cross training and stuff I don't normally get work with."

Senior setter Colin Ashworth of the boys volleyball team has stayed active by playing games and training with his two younger brothers, sophomore Braden Ashworth and seventh-grader Dylan Ashworth. Colin said the trio squat and bench press weights in their basement, go on runs around the neighborhood, play basketball and soccer and pass around a volleyball.

However, Colin said keeping his volleyball skills sharp without a net presents a challenge.

"Volleyball is more of a net sport and you have to work on the basics of that," said Ashworth, whose team finished 4-17 last season. "There's a lot of wall passing (at home), and that gets boring sometimes. Definitely that, and not being able to practice with teammates."

Junior defender Bella McCloskey of the girls lacrosse team was looking forward to the start of the season. Last year, the Pacers finished 9-9 and lost to Olentangy in a Division I, Region 1 quarterfinal.

To stay ready, McCloskey has been doing workouts sent to her by her trainer, Benn Mudzi of Xnox Performance in Delaware. McCloskey said she works out on the track at the Delaware Community Center YMCA and lifts weights in her basement.

But she said it's different training by herself versus training with her teammates.

"It's really disappointing to not be with the team, to pass with them and hang out and stuff," McCloskey said. "But we're all still positive and spreading light and keeping each other's spirits up."

Senior Sam Bonofiglio of the boys tennis team said there isn't much for him to do to prepare for his sport but run. So he finds himself doing that a lot.

"I've always hated running, but since there isn't much else to do I've been running at least two miles every night," said Bonofiglio, who plays singles for the Pacers. "I've actually been looking forward to these runs every night, so I can't tell if I like running now or if I'm just going crazy because of the quarantine."

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