For more than a week, the East Bernard athletic program has returned to a sense of normalcy. COVID-19 shut down the school and spring sports, but last Monday the UIL allowed schools to restart their summer workout programs.
Brahmarettes and Brahmas from incoming freshmen to seniors have shown up around 100 strong Monday through Thursday to get their work in.
After being away from friends and teammates for months and socially distancing the norm throughout the country, being together was a welcomed addition to their lives.
"Honestly it feels so good. I've missed al my teammates and all the Brahmarettes," senior Madison Crist said. "It's awesome having all of us together and (seeing everyone) work hard and get some chemistry back."
"It feels normal (being back) in a sense," senior Brennan Peloquin said. "But it's also different because of COVID and everything. It's good to see everyone and everyone is taking it seriously."
The coaching staff -- like the students -- have been cooped up for the past three months. However, while everything isn't back to normal, yet, summer workouts are allowing coaches and athletes to return to what they are used to.
"For right now we have some normalcy here," East Bernard athletic director Wade Bosse said. "We're all excited about it and things are going really well."
This year, the Brahma football program has added sport-specific instruction to their summer workout program. The UIL allowed sport-specific work to schools last year, but East Bernard
chose to give students a break and focus only on strength and conditioning.
COVID-19 gave the Brahmas a break and they've opted to work on football now.
Eighty students are slated to play football next year and some days, the Brahmas have had all but one or two miss practice, Bosse said.
With over a week of workouts in, the Brahmas are happy at the progress they've made.
"It feels really good to be (out here) because most people didn't do much during the quarantine that we had," Peloquin said. "It's good to get everyone back running and lifting and back into shape like when we were in school."
While East Bernard works in the pounding heat on the track, all fall sports are waiting for more guidance about what will happen to the upcoming season. The UIL has allowed summer workouts but has yet released a plan on games for next season.