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Fist bump or elbow?

It’s good to see at least a little progress when it comes to the slow return of sports.

What has now turned into nearly a three month long ordeal hopefully will be a thing of the past in the not too distant future.

The three-week summer period for coaches is underway and at least that gives student-athletes a chance to get together with their teammates.

However, the limitations on what actually can be done and accomplished aren’t the same as before.

Along with students having to be in “pods” of 10 or less, there are a plethora of other guidelines and recommendations.

I ran into Parkersburg High School head football coach Mike Byus the other day.

Obviously, he was glad to be back at doing what he loves, but at the same time the players can’t do sport specific activities.

In essence, all athletic activities are “to be limited to conditioning, strength training and agility” according to the guidelines.

One slight problem comes from the fact only outdoor facilities can be used for now, which means no time in the locker room or weight room.

I’m also a little disappointed with the fact 7-on-7 passing scrimmages aren’t going to happen.

I have to admit covering the Callaway Junior Tour Rookie League last Saturday in Wirt County was a treat.

It was great to finally be able to get out and cover a live sporting event for starters. Also, it’s always awesome to have the opportunity to attend any function that’s happening for the first time.

Such also proved to be the case on Monday when the Parkersburg Country Club was the host site for the eighth annual West Virginia Senior Open golf championship.

Those guys might all be at least the age of 50, but they can play.

An interesting experience happened a couple of times while I was out on the course and also doing a few interviews.

How to greet someone seems to be a current issue in the climate we’re under.

Instead of shaking hands, I ended up going with both the fist bump greeting method as well as the extended elbow tap.

It’s weird to say the least when two people each extend their arms to shake hands and then quickly realize that discretion is probably the better part of valor.

Hopefully, by the time volleyball season heats up in a few short months these things will be in the past.

The future, at least in terms of the new head volleyball coach at Class A power Wirt County, was decided on Tuesday night when Katie Frazier was tabbed as the new Tiger boss, replacing Miriam Beall.

“I am so incredibly excited and thankful to have this opportunity,” expressed Frazier, who thought at some point she’d be in the position she is now, but not so soon. “I have spent my entire 20 years of every fall season within the walls of a gym so of course this one will be the same.

“I have learned so much about the sport throughout the years from my mom (Janet) as her kid, a player, and then an assistant coach under her. The girls and I are all ready to be back and getting ready to work.”

Contact Jay Bennett at jbennett@newsandsentinel.com

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