‘What are we practicing for?’: High school seasons remain in flux

Tom Durant (above) and West Chester East, like the rest of the area’s high school programs, are trying to figure out their situations for 2020-21. (Photo: Josh Verlin/CoBL)

By Mitchell Gladstone

Tom Durant has had plenty of time to wait — nearly 300 days, in fact, since his West Chester East team last played a game.

It was a finish to the season that nobody truly could’ve anticipated. 

Sure, the uncertainty of COVID had started to creep in, but the Vikings had their minds on a Class 5A state title after comfortably taking home a District 1 crown just a few weeks earlier.

The final moment of their campaign indeed was a celebratory one — just that of a Tym Richardson buzzer-beater in the second round. That March 10 night marked their final game before the rest of the state tournament, along with East’s season, was ultimately abandoned.

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