When the season began for the Sherman Bearcats baseball and softball teams, things were looking up. The softball team won 3 of it's first 4 games, and were all geared up to begin district play last week.
On the other side, The Bearcats baseball team had just began district ball games, getting a win over Princeton.
Little did they know, their thoughts about the season would change very quickly.
"If you ask us, we were going to win district. We were ready, we were right there on the verge of district," said Sherman head softball coach Reeca Huntsman. "We had the hay in the barn, ready to go. This was going to be our first district game, then it was a screeching halt, hit the brakes. It's like we're on an extended rain delay."
"Hopefully we will get to go here in about 3 or 4 weeks, and make a run at it," said Sherman head baseball coach Chris Anderson. "I think we're built to go and compete in a situation like this. Hopefully we can kind of just ride that wave when it gets here, and take our chances."
With the Coronavirus sweeping across the country, the U.I.L. decided to suspend all extra curricular activity, but has not out-ruled the return of sports, which has left teams with the challenge of staying ready at all times. The student athletes at Sherman have found a way to stay on the toes.
"We send out daily workouts, we stay in contact," said Huntsman. "A couple of times a week, we say 'Hey, what are y'all doing. Play some catch, get out in the yard, get some sunshine. My message to them is, we are still hopeful that we are going to get something out of this season."
Most of the time, when a new athletic director is introduced, he gets to meet with the coaches and student athletes, but this time it's a little different. Luckily, coach Jones has some experience in something similar.
"I went through two hurricanes in Houston, so we were out for 21 days one time, and 10 the other," said Jones. "With the hurricane, you see your opponent, then your opponent leaves. This is a little different because we can't see our opponent. But we do know this, our opponent is going to leave, and we're going to win."