Petoskey’s Paquette Reflects on Ivy League’s Decision to Postpone 2020 Fall Season

The Ivy League became the first NCAA Division I intercollegiate athletic conference this week to postpone athletic competition for the entire 2020 fall semester because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Petoskey High School alum and Harvard junior David Paquette is one of many student-athletes impacted by this decision.

A goalkeeper on Harvard’s men’s soccer program, Paquette is set to enter his junior year this fall but may have to wait until spring or longer to get back on the soccer pitch.Img 3322

“Myself, along with the rest of our team and coaches, we were all really disappointed,” Paquette said. “We’ve been preparing as if there was a season because that’s all we could do and we just wanted to be in the best place we could come fall. This is completely out of the realm of anything that I thought would happen. This is only going to make people happier when we actually are back and it will only be that much sweeter when we can finally play. It makes you thankful for the time that you do have and it’s going to be good when we do come back.”

Fall sports student-athletes will not use a season of Ivy League or NCAA eligibility, regardless if they enroll.

Paquette and his teammates plan to continue practicing and training until the start of their season.