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August 2, 2013

Summer break is now over

Football, volleyball athletes set to hit the field, court

Athens — The 2013-2014 high school sports season will officially kick off Monday when football and volleyball players report for workouts across the state of Texas.

Most of the football teams across Henderson County are starting early on Monday morning, including in Athens, where head coach Paul Essary and the Hornets will start around 7:30 a.m.

“I think everybody's real excited to get the season kicked off,” AHS coach Paul Essary said. “The varsity has really responded over the summer and those guys have been working real hard.”

Mabank head coach Jared Wingfield has his Panthers with the earliest start of workouts as they hit the field at 6 a.m. Monday morning for the start of workouts.

In Eustace, new head coach Heath Ragle will the Bulldogs hitting the field at 6:30 a.m. for workouts.

Brownsboro coach Jason Hooker will open the 2013 practice schedule at 8 a.m. on Monday as the Bears look to bounce back from a 5-5 regular season last year.

In Class 2A, new head coach Jim Bradford and the Cross Roads Bobcats will report for fall practice with a split schedule starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and work from 8-to-11 a.m. on Tuesday's and Thursday's.

In Kemp, the Yellowjackets will open up practices at 7:30 a.m. as coach Greg Anderson will be looking to improve on a 1-9 2012 football season.

With new head coach Tom McVey taking over the reigns in Trinidad, the Trojans are set to begin their workouts at 7 a.m. Monday morning.

For football players, August 9 is the first day for full-contact drills as per the guidelines of the University Interscholastic League, which governs Texas high school sports.

Scrimmages begin August 16, with Athens traveling to Wills Point. The Hornets will participate in their last scrimmage on August 22 hosting Chapel Hill at Bruce Field and open the regular season August 30 hosting Kaufman.

A new rule for the football teams this year that coaches can allow players to practice per week.

The University Interscholastic League's Medical Advisory committee approved a ruling to allow 90-minutes of full-contact, game-speed practices per player per week during the regular season and playoffs. Game speed practices consist of tackling to the ground or blocking a player to the ground.

Athens volleyball coach Liz Ramsey, likewise, said her players are scheduled to report at 7:30 a.m. and work until 10 a.m. each day this week. The Lady Hornets’ first scrimmage will be a four-way match with Corsicana, Waco and Ferris on Friday, August 9 beginning at 9 a.m. in Corsicana.

Athens opens the regular season on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at home against Eustace and Mildred.

Players in Brownsboro will report at 7:15 a.m. and will workout until 1 p.m. each day next week. In

Temperatures next week are forecasted to hover around 100 degrees.

Note: The Athens Hornets Booster Club will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the lecture hall.The annual Athens High School football Mothers Tea will be held Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the high school cafetorium.

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