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Mollette misses opportunity to finish baseball career at SHS

The COVID-19 pandemic prematurely ended Amarian Mollette’s baseball career at Selma High School.

When Gov. Kay Ivey ordered the closing of K-12 schools statewide because of the coronavirus, it took away AHSAA sports in the process.

“We only played three baseball games and that hurt,” Mollette said. “To me, it didn’t get real until they closed down the school. It hurt when they canceled everything.”

Mollette said he hoped for another chance to play baseball.

“They could’ve given us another shot,” Mollette said.

But the biggest thing Mollette misses is the everyday grind of attending classes on campus and seeing his friends.

“I find the online learning tough,” Mollette said. “I’d rather be in the classroom with my friends.”

Mollette, a member of The Selma Times-Journal All Dallas County football team, said no formal ceremony is another tough pill to swallow.

“Having no graduation ceremony tore me up,” Mollette said. “My family wanted to see walk on the stage and get my diploma. I’ve gone through school grades kindergarten through 12 and I won’t be able to do this.”

The next step for Mollette is playing college football at Faulkner University. He will play running back on the college level, his same position at Selma High.

“I’m just ready to go to college,” Mollette said.