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High school spirit plays on social media, even as quarantine keeps athletes home

Some local high school athletes are finding creative ways to connect with teammates and showcase school spirit during the social isolation brought on by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Iroquois softball captain Kennedy Haberl organized a collaborative effort and produced a video montage of the Chiefs playing a virtual game of catch, set to the tune of John Fogerty’s “Centerfield”. She was inspired by a similar video put out by the Kentucky softball team.

“I thought it was a super cool idea to do as a team bonding kind of thing,” said Haberl, a senior who has signed to play softball at St. Bonaventure. “I texted in our group chat and everybody said, ‘Oh, my gosh, what a cute idea.’ ”

The 1-minute, 11-second clip edited in the iPhone app Filmmaker Pro shows players tossing a softball in and out of the camera frame while at home doing day-to-day activities, or in humorously contrived situations. It was uploaded to the Iroquois Lady Chiefs Softball group on Facebook over the weekend and was shared on Twitter on Wednesday.

“The plan was to make people smile and have a good laugh because this is a difficult time for everybody right now,” Haberl said. “It feels really good to do that.”

The Iroquois track and field team followed with its own version, posted to Twitter on Sunday.

“I’ve always been into film and photography,” said coach Mike Mitri, who regularly produces videos of athletes and students in his life skills classes at Iroquois. “I sent a message to everyone on the team to be funny, wear your uniform and do something creative. And it turned out to be another way for them to be competitive.”

The video begins with multisport standout Logan Streety getting out of bed and passing a relay baton to her state-qualifying 4x400 teammate and twin sister Leah. She runs up the stairs and hands off to older sister Asia, a freshman at Niagara University, before clips from the rest of the Chiefs are spliced in. One athlete dressed in a dinosaur costume and used a roll of toilet paper instead in place of the baton.

Videos featuring the Lancaster girls volleyball and Frontier girls lacrosse teams also have gone online this week. Check them out below, and if your team creates one, be sure to tag us at @bufnewspreptalk on Twitter.

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