EVART - Amanda Brown coaches both varsity softball and volleyball at Evart, but has had challenges getting things going in both sports since March when the COVID-19 pandemic started in force.

Brown was hoping for a summer softball season with the LAT league, but it fell through because of state and MHSAA restrictions.

Now it's time to focus on volleyball. The season starts on Aug. 12 contingent on state and MHSAA restrictions. Since gyms are still off limits to sports teams in this area, volleyball teams have had challenges. Playing on outdoor and sand courts is an option.

"We're waiting for MHSAA to make decisions," Brown said. "We're going to start doing stuff in a week and go outside. We're going to get together and play. It will be close to water because it's supposed to be super hot. We're going to do sand volleyball."

Brown has not had a chance for an indoor practice but does have an idea of whom some of her top volleyball players might be.

"I'm assuming we're going to get around 24 players out," she said. "We had a lot of good freshmen coming in. That will help us with numbers. We only lost three seniors, but three big seniors (Livi Hopkins, Kaylee Ladd, Kelci Elder). They'll be really missed. They should be fun to watch. We have some solid seniors this year."

The Wildcats will compete in the Highland Conference.