The Big Ten’s statement said it will continue to evaluate the winter and spring seasons. Bough and Palmer are hopeful to play a normal season next spring, with Big Ten and NCAA championships on the schedule. “She’s definitely like talked me through everything that goes on with Ohio State field hockey,” said Palmer. With her freshman year looking much different than she expected, Palmer has her close friend Bough to help her get through it. Bough and Palmer moved in earlier this week to prepare for the field hockey preseason. Bough said the team was remaining separate until the COVID-19 testing process was complete. “It was heartbreaking,” said Bough. While there won’t be games played this fall, the girls are looking on the bright side and are happy to be at OSU, training together. “I reached out to Sam and a couple of the other freshmen and made them text me if they had any questions or needed anything,” said Bough. “I think that really helped ease a lot.” (WBNG) — Whitney Point’s Leanne Bough and Maine-Endwell’s Sam Palmer had just arrived at Ohio State University when the Big Ten postponed the fall sports season. On Tuesday, the Big Ten postponed all fall sports. Bough says OSU’s Athletic Director Gene Smith immediately called an athletics Zoom meeting so players wouldn’t find out on social media. “We”ll start out eight hours and slowly start to get into more hours, and practice probably five days a week,” said Bough. For now the Southern Tier natives are training and hoping for a spring season. “Not necessarily suprising but more like, ‘whoa,'” said Palmer. The two-time All-American and New York State Player of the Year will be joined by Palmer this season, a 2020 Maine-Endwell graduate who also brings an impressive resume to OSU. “Being a unit, a team keeps everyone positive because we’re all motivated toward the same goal,” said Palmer. “We are already out here and still able to be together,” said Bough. “We came to the conclusion that probably eventually it was going to happen just for our safety and stuff like that and that’s what our AD and principal decided,” said Bough. “It definitely puts a damper on the excitement of like, oh freshman year, college,” said Palmer. “Like” Nicole Menner on Facebook and “Follow” her on Twitter.