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Peyton Barham catches and throws the ball to first base during Chester County Junior High Boys’ baseball tryouts.

Chester County athletes start playing after pandemic

By Kendall Patterson
Staff Writer

COVID-19 has had Chester County athletes and fans alike dealing with the absence sports since about mid-March.
Since then, players have missed the adrenaline and activity, and fans have missed the emotion and atmosphere.
Now with the Coronavirus settling down, Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee has allowed the return of non-contact sports as of May 22.
This week, Chester County Schools returned for tryouts of various sports. Dixie softball/baseball has also returned to play their seasons.
Life is not back to normal, but with no active cases in Chester County as of Tuesday, June 2, and case counts dropping in Tennessee, life is progressing back to normalcy.

Photos by Kendall Patterson

LeeAnna Womble makes a save as she tries out to be a goalkeeper for the Chester County Junior High School Girls’ soccer team.
Jackson Welch pitches for the Razors Edge Dixie Baseball team for their scrimmage game on Monday.
Blakely Wilson begins to warm up at the beginning of the Chester County High School Volleyball team tryouts.
Chester County Special Eagles softball played ball on Monday. Pictured: Donnie Malone, Dakota Gower, James Reddin, Lori Henley, Johnna Mckeel and Catie Moore.
Johnna Mckeel of Chester County Special Eagles takes a swing for a hit Monday evening.