With all sports put on hold by the national health emergency, ESPN's Scott Van Pelt has been spending more time recognizing the high school and college seniors whose seasons were stopped in their tracks with nary a moment's notice.
During the "Senior Night" segment Monday, Van Pelt spoke glowingly of the seven seniors from Hopkins High School in Minnesota who were 24 hours from playing Farmington in the Class 4A girls' basketball state championship game when all high school sports were halted.
"The Hopkins royals girls' basketball team had back-to-back undefeated seasons. They were one game away from another state title. They had 7 seniors, and I love this picture," said Van Pelt, referring to the seven seniors standing together.
"Couldn't stop looking at it cuz it feels like who we are as a country: black, white, tall, short – some probably really good, some maybe average – we're the sum of our parts, all of us. And it helps if you've got something you can rely upon that's great and Hopkins has it.
"The young lady in the middle is Paige Bueckers. She's the No. 1 payer in the country. She's a UConn commit and she can go.
"I asked [UConn coach] Geno Auriemma what he liked best about her game and he said 'Her willingness to give herself up to make her teammates better. She can do whatever she wants, but chooses to do for others.'
"The country will be watching her play next fall," Van Pelt concluded.
The ESPN segment featuring Hopkins might not have been seen by American had photographer Bri Lewerke, who snapped the photo of the seven seniors, alerted SportsCenter to their situation. Here's Lewerke's tweet that got ESPN's attention.