The year 2020 had many interesting sports story lines, but unfortunately, many of those stories were related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Even though the virus weaved its way into many of the stories, a good amount of sports was played in the winter and in the fall. 

Here’s a look at 10 of the top stories from the year (Others could have made the list.):

Fairview cross country runners line up to have their temperatures taken by coach Dino Montagna, left, before practice on July 2 at Fairview High School. Safety protocols became a way of life for athletes at all levels as the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the state.

1. COVID-19 – The pandemic has been tough on the sports world, from canceled events to events with no family or fans. Not only has the pandemic severely affected professional sports, but high school and college sports have taken a big hit over the past year.

In college sports, teams like Gannon women’s basketball, Mercyhurst men’s basketball and Mercyhurst women’s hockey were robbed of competing in the NCAA tournament. It goes the same for individuals competing at the time like swimmers and wrestlers. The college spring sports athletes had their 2020 season taken away, and fall and winter sports teams won’t be able to compete for league championships. The NCAA is allowing athletes an extra year of eligibility to make up for the loss, for those who can take advantage of it.