Fall practice sessions, the dreaded two-a-days, are now in full swing for all the fall high school sports. Cross country led off with athletes heading to the track last week and both football and volleyball got rolling on Monday morning.
Four weeks of practices await the football teams before things start for real. The volleyball girls will get their regular season started as early as next week.
At a little after midnight on Monday morning, the Pettus version of “midnight madness” had the football field and the gym rocking as the Eagles and Lady Eagles hit the field and floor running.
The night air actually had a coolness to it and the humidity that has plagued the area took a night off. The football field was slick with a heavy dew and the players seemed to enjoy the atmosphere. Expectations and excitement are always high. The Eagles and Lady Eagles are working hard to meet or beat their goals for the year, according to their coaches.
The Trojans got things going early on Monday morning, but the sun was up.
“Practice today (Monday) went very smoothly. We are way ahead of where we were last year at this time,” said Trojan head coach Troy Moses.
Being ahead of last year can be attributed to the coaches knowing the players, having a full off-season of preparation to get the players into the position they need to be in for the season and the returning players knowing what to expect.
“They know our system and the organization of the practices,” Moses said.
The Skidnore-Tynan Bobcats also took to the practice field early on Monday.
First-year Bobcat head coach Dan Garza welcomed around 70 Bobcats hoping to gain a playing spot.
“The numbers are great, especially for a 2A school,” Garza said.
JHS cross country coach Stella Resio has been impressed with the numbers of girls she has out for the sport but is still needing a few more boys to compete to field a full team.
“We’ve got good numbers and experience. It should be a good year,” Resio said.
The volleyball practices will be profiled in Saturday’s edition of the Bee-Picayune.