By JD McKay
All athletes having been pushing themselves to improve on the court, course, or field throughout this summer. Many of them having workouts at times when most of us were not even awake, putting in close to 10 hours a week running, lifting, or practicing.
The first chance you have to reward these athletes for their hard work is coming on us quickly. The first football game is coming in less than a week and a half against Charlestown. However, everyone knows and most go to the Friday night games. But football was not the only sport to prepare for their upcoming season and have a good chance to be very successful.
Both boys’ and girls’ cross country should have good season; both teams could potentially win conference and sectionals and have several runners make a deep into state. The girls’ and boys’ have conference at home on Aug. 29 at 9 a.m.
Volleyball is another sport worth watching. We have had several good teams in the past few years, this year having several players who have played several years of varsity at a high level playing. I went to several games last year, and some volleys are ridiculous. The quickness and athleticism of our athletes is very impressive. They play at home against New Albany on Sept. 6 at 5:30.
Boys’ tennis will have junior Alex Poe returning. Poe played in the State Doubles Finals last year and finished runner up. Plus, other players who got their first taste of playing varsity will be ready to have a bigger role and help compete at a high level. They have a home match against New Albany on Aug. 14 at 5.
The girls’ soccer team should have a good season behind several talented upperclassmen, and after helping coach several in the Turkey Bowl, I know that they are hard workers who love to compete. So their team should have a good year. They have a home match against Providence on Sept. 4 at 6. The boys’ team should have just as much success. They lost in sectionals last year. This year could be viewed as their revenge season in their sectional chase. They have a home match against New Albany on Sept. 13, at 7:30.
Girls’ golf also is typically one of the best in their sectional, and that should not change this year, especially after only graduating one of the top five who played in sectionals. They have a match at Valley View Golf Course on Aug. 4 against New Albany at 4.