Pius X girls basketball thrilled to get back on the court on Monday

"I was like, 'Thank God,'" Markowski said. "We are thrilled to have this opportunity."

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) — Alexis Markowski found out the news at home. Her dad and assistant girls basketball coach Andy Markowski broke it to her that Lancaster County was allowing youth sports to return on Monday.

“I was like, ‘Thank God,'” Markowski said. “We are thrilled to have this opportunity.”

Markowski is one of many athletes to be excited on Thursday as 15 schools across Lancaster County were expecting a sad day as they watched all other teams in the state open their seasons.

The news is especially sweet for Markowski and the Thunderbolts as they will now get a chance to begin their Class A state title defense.

“We haven’t played a game since the state tournament last season,” said Markowski, a returning all-state center and a Nebraska commit.

Head coach Ryan Psota agreed with his star player. However, getting this season in is all about the players.

“Every kid only gets so many opportunities to compete for their school or compete in a state tournament, or compete all together,” Psota said. “So just happy for them and excited for our team to get back to work and see what we can do.”

Psota said the Bolts will have to follow strict guidelines in order to play. Masks will be required during practice and Pius X will limit fan attendance at home games.

However, if everything goes well, the Thunderbolts would only miss out on one game that was originally scheduled for this season.

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