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Brandon Pearson didn’t get off the blocks well when the starter pistol crackled through the air Thursday afternoon.
But sometimes, it’s all about how you finish. Sporting a cast on his right hand and wrist courtesy of a broken thumb, the E.C. Glass senior caught fire in the 100-meter dash and blazed to victory.
Similar scenes are taking place this week all across the Lynchburg area. Spring sports, canceled last year by the coronavirus pandemic, are in full swing. And it’s great to be back.
“It feels really good,” Pearson said. “We missed outdoor [track] last year. I was mad about that.”
For Pearson, the return to spring sports is especially gratifying. Prior to the pandemic, he suffered a broken left ankle in football practice and was sidelined six months. Then spring sports were wiped out and everyone went into lockdown mode.
On the other side of Glass’ sprawling campus, Amherst prepared to take on the Hilltoppers in the Seminole District’s first baseball game of the season. Lancers shortstop Christian Martin, a Virginia Tech signee, was just minutes away from the start of his senior season.
“It means a lot, especially for guys who haven’t played since last year,” said Martin, who had the added benefit of playing travel baseball during the pandemic. “… It’s been plus-365 days since they’ve been out here, so it means a lot. It’s been building up since last fall, since conditioning started.”