Football and volleyball begin their seasons with a week of conditioning drills and playbook work on Monday. Cross country teams in the county got a jump on everybody and actually started practice on Monday, Aug. 25. The runners avoided some of the heat by working out in the morning hours. Even at 7:30 a.m., it still feels hot and muggy here in South Texas.
With temperatures still hovering near 100 degrees every day, coaches, trainers and managers will be on the alert to heat related symptoms. Plenty of breaks will be afforded with plenty of cool water and iced towels available.
The Lady Trojan volleyball team scrimmages on Aug. 5 against West Oso in the Lady Bears den. The local ladies get one more scrimmage, on Aug. 6 in a tri-meet with Skidmore-Tynan and Runge in Skidmore, before they start their regular season with a road trip to Yoakum on Aug. 9. The CCISD tournament will keep the Lady Trojans busy from Aug. 11-13 and the Beeville girls will open their home season with a match with the Kingsville Lady Brahmas on Aug. 16.
The Trojans have two scrimmages, as allowed by the UIL, with the first against Calallen on Saturday, Aug. 13, beginning at 10 a.m. The final tune-up will be on Thursday, Aug. 18, at 7 p.m. Both scrimmages are scheduled to be played at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
The A.C. Jones regular season kicks off on Aug. 26 (Zero Week) with a road game in Kingsville. The rest of the non-district schedule includes games in Beeville against West Oso (Sept. 2 and Parent’s Night) and CC Ray (Sept. 9), then a road trip to meet the Ingleside Mustangs on Sept. 16. The final non-district contest will be a Homecoming game against CC King on Sept. 23. All the games begin at the regular kickoff time of 7:30 p.m.
The Trojans have a bye week before starting their district battles. Two road trips to Victoria get things going for the Beeville boys in District 30-4A with the West Warriors (Oct. 7) and then the East Titans (Oct. 14) providing some tough competition. The Tigers from Floresville come to Beeville (Oct. 21) followed by a trip to Port Lavaca (Oct. 28). The season finale on Nov. 4 is a home date with rival Gregory-Portland.
The Trojan cross country teams get their first taste of competition on Saturday, Aug. 28, with the Moody Invitational at Dr. H.P. Garcia Park in Corpus Christi. The Trojans will host two meets this year at Veterans Memorial Park. A Sept. 10 date is reserved for the Trojan Invitational and then on Oct. 28 the District 30-4A meet will be back in town at the same site.