I have no idea what’s going to happen this fall, specifically with sports. I don’t know if football, volleyball and cross country will get through their entire seasons or what they will look like.

I do know, however, that 1A through 4A schools are opening up practice on Monday and for many, it’s a much needed event.

Many of us have said or at least have heard: “I can’t wait for everything to go back to normal.”

Chances are, things won’t completely go back to the normal we once knew and that’s unfortunate in my opinion, but with practices returning this week, many of us will at least get a small taste of the normalcy we crave.

Even if it’s just for a brief moment, we get to enjoy what we love, and for that brief moment, it serves as an escape from some of the issues that have risen during these recent crazy times.

Even though it’s just the beginning of practice, high school athletes will be united once again in anticipation of accomplishing something together, something bigger than themselves.

It’s another opportunity for coaches to teach and learn some of the valuable life lessons that sports have to offer, lessons that go way beyond Xs and Os and wins and losses.

Sure, our Class 5A and Class 6A schools might not be out there practicing this week, but there are plenty of great quality teams going to work at full speed and I think it’s worth catching at least some of the action.

I’m not sure where I’ll be on what day, but I plan to hit up different football practices for sure.

I can’t wait to get my first glimpse of teams like the Waskom Wildcats, a team that will be determined from the start to get back to the playoffs.

Just down the road from there, you’ll find the Wildcats’ Harrison County and district rival Elysian Fields.

I’m looking forward to seeing what the Yellow Jackets’ squad looks like and how their season unfolds.

Last year we saw Kyle Little help turn around the Harleton Wildcats in his first year as athletic director. I plan on not only seeing how Little’s squad does this year, but I’m also looking forward to checking out some of the team’s practices this week.

Catching small glimpses of practices will hit the spot for me for a few different reasons, one of which is it will make it seem like we do indeed have some sort of normalcy back.

When sports were canceled in the spring, things just seemed to be off.

With football practices returning, it at least gives us a glimmer of hope that we might have something at least somewhat normal once again.

(Email: nhague@marshallnewsmessenger.com)