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Two post-practice exchanges at Lake Belton’s Bronco Gym perfectly summed up the new reality for many area high school coaches and players. After concluding their first day of volleyball practice Monday, Broncos head coach Liz Ramsey called her players into one final huddle before dismissing …

The details are still being finalized, but it appears that Friday night lights in 2020 can be seen live at home.

Amid concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic, the University Interscholastic League — the state’s governing body of public high school athletics — is finalizing plans and procedures to allow high school football games on Friday nights to be shown live in the fall, and area coaches are all for the idea.

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After Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Wednesday announced Phase 3 of his plan to reopen the state during the coronavirus pandemic, Fellowship of Christian Athletes Heart of Texas officials said they were informed that they can indeed host a pair of Victory Bowl games today and Friday.

Guidelines are stringent, restrictions are in place, and proper hygiene and social distancing are still recommended as the COVID-19 pandemic lingers. But the sounds of practicing student-athletes could again echo from local fields and gyms soon.