“Practice makes perfect,” an old adage goes. In that case, the Bee County high school volleyball and football teams are beginning their treks to perfection with practice for the fall seasons beginning in earnest on Monday morning.
Most teams are hitting the practice fields early and trying to stay out of the mid-afternoon heat as much as possible. With temperatures in the 90s and the humidity still rising, the teams are encouraged to break for water several times a session to prevent dehydration problems.
It’s the time of the year when teams are bolstered by high expectations. Visions of district titles and a long run in the post-season playoffs are on the minds of players and coaches. Everyone is working toward that goal and the spirits are high despite the heat and hard work.
“The first day of half-a-days went real well. We had very good numbers (about 140)...the most we’ve had in my five years here,” said Trojan head coach Chris Soza.
“We are hopeful that our young kids can come through for us and eliminate two-way players from our starting lineups.”
All three Bee County schools have good numbers out for football and volleyball. Some players are still straggling in from vacations and jobs but all the athletes should be at practice within the next few days.
Cross country teams got a jump start on the season as practice began for the county’s harriers more than a week ago. The first meet of the school year will be Aug. 30 at Corpus Christi’s Cole Park.
The volleyball girls will begin regular season play next week. The Lady Eagles will travel to Runge on Aug. 12 to challenge the Lady Yellowjackets in the first action for coach Erica Garza’s team. The Lady Cats from Skidmore-Tynan have an opening game with Riviera on Aug. 11 and then will go to Orange Grove for an Aug. 12 encounter with the Lady Bulldogs. S-T coach Judy Whatley has the Lady Cats already working hard to be ready for the opening serve. The Beeville Lady Trojans will start the season at home on Aug. 12 when the Yoakum Lady Bull Dogs come to Marion B. Horton gymnasium to begin the year of spikes, sets and digs. Beeville head coach Larry Lollar will get his team ready with a scrimmage in Sinton this Friday and follow that up with another scrimmage in Flour Bluff against the Lady Hornets on Saturday morning.
The football teams are in helmets and shorts until Friday when the pads come out. The teams will get to see how they fare against a live opponent on Aug. 16. The Eagles will scrimmage Cotulla beginning at 9 a.m. in Pettus while the Bobcats will take on Hebbronville at Bobcats Stadium with a 10 a.m. start to that practice session. The Trojans will spend their first scrimmage session with the Aransas Pass Panthers on the JHS turf at 10 a.m.
“Our kids worked hard this summer in our strength and conditioning program,” said Soza. “We are hopeful that this will translate into a very good season for our Trojans.”