By Beth Cox
With the start of a new school year, coaches and players have very little time to get ready for the first game of the season. However, most high school fall teams have been practicing throughout the summer, but now the excitement is building for the start of the season.
While football dominates fall sports, volleyball and golf will also be on the roster of sports events that will be gaining more attention this year.
Coach Eric Crabtree is beginning his third year with the Longhorn golf team.
Last year proved to be a good year for the team, winning third in the conference and making it to regionals under Crabtree’s leadership. This year, however, maybe more of a building season since last year’s three top seeds graduated last year, Crabtree states this year will be a rebuilding year.
“Our top three seeds graduated last year, but we have seniors Petie Pavusek and Jackson Mays back this year to lead our team.” Crabtree continued, “I am really excited about the future of our golf team, we had a lot of freshmen join the team this year, so in a few years we will be more competitive.”
Crabtree is grateful that his team is able to practice at Redtail Mountain Resort, but has to play matches away at present.
The golf team will have its first match on August 14.
For volleyball coach Michele Cooke, the season cannot come soon enough. She sees only good things happening for her team. With seven returning seniors and two juniors, and a solid JV team, the volleyball team is poised to accomplish great things this season. Cooke likes what she sees in her team.
“They are great communicators especially in transitional play, they work together as a team, and that’s very important for us to be successful,” Cooke said adding that she is looking for her seniors to lead the team, which will not be a problem for the athletic group of girls, several of whom have played together since they were freshmen.
Hannah Brooks expresses her feelings about the team, “we look a lot better, and we have great chemistry this year.”
Fellow seniors Taylor Cox and Abby Cornett share the same sentiment as Brooks and add, “we are excited to be working with Coach Cooke, we have heard great things about her, and we have Coach Sarah Jennings back this year as well, so it’s going to be a good year.”
Sydney Souder added her perspective and feelings when she said, “we have been together for four years, we are a close on and off the court, we play well together; I expect us to go far.”
The volleyball season jamboree will be at Science Hill High School on August 20.