In addition to preparing for a return to school and the hopeful start of the season, Rickards High School volleyball coach Jamilah Loriston is raising four children away from the court, including a pair of two-year-old twins.
After nearly three months of no team-organized activities, Monday was the first day the Georgia High School Association allowed fall sports to return to voluntary summer workouts, with enhanced guidelines.
The glimmer of Friday Night Lights in the fall is still uncertain, and months away. But, in Jasper, the future is bright, as the circumstance of being named head coach was a long time coming for Kirkland Mitchell.
With the emergence of 7-on-7 football as a recruiting tool for high school athletes, there appears to be some unintended consequences that may take place when kids from different schools play on the same team.
Some experts say there is a chance the country will not be beyond the COVID-19 pandemic by the fall, which would impact schools and athletics. Not only would this potentially mean no football, but no fall sports at all.