After Friday’s Stay at Home Order from Illinois Governer J.B. Pritzker high school sports in Illinois are on hiatus at least until April 7th.
Despite the uncertain future athletes are doing what they can to stay optimistic and ready.
One such squad is the Quincy Notre Dame girls soccer team who was originally set to open the season this past Monday the 16th.
The Raiders were returning to the 1A ranks where they won back to back state titles in 2017 and 2018.
Despite the team not being able to get together for group workouts right now head coach Mark Longo is encouraging his squad to keep a good attitude and keep a good work ethic because if and when the season starts, there won’t be much time to warm up.
Raiders Head Coach Mark Longo said, “The one big thing I always encourage them is to workout with a soccer ball.
I know that they know how to run on their own and how to do sprints and stuff like that, but if they come back in halfway decent shape, but their soccer touch is good that’ll help us out a whole lot.
I just keep telling them we have to be prepared that’s all we can do. If you just sit at home and do nothing until April 7th, then we’re going to start practice on April 8th and you’re going to have a hard time doing the drills.
Probably going to get hurt because you’re out of shape. So we just kind of have to have positive thoughts and kind of take it one day at a time.”