Monday marked the official start of the 2014-2015 athletic season with the start of two-a-day workouts and the number of student athletes that attended the first day proved that great things are set to come this season.
The Lady Buckaroo head volleyball coach Jeana Yarbrough said that the first day of workouts went well for her team.
“I thought our first day of workouts went really good. We had a great turnout and ended up with more than what I had expected,” said Yarbrough. “We had 45 girls and had a big freshman group. I am really pleased with how the first day went.
“Today (Monday) was a lot of instruction because some of the stuff that I am teaching is going to be slightly different than what they had last year,” said Yarbrough. “So, it was just a little bit of a review and then incorporating some new stuff too.”
The Lady Buckaroos will have the remainder of the week to prepare for a series of scrimmages to be held this weekend.
Friday, Aug. 8, the Lady Bucks will scrimmage Graham at 10 a.m., in Graham.
Saturday, Aug. 9, the team will begin a second scrimmage at 9 a.m against Albany and Munday, at the BISD Athletic and Fine Arts Facility. The JV teams are scheduled to scrimmage Moran.
“I really want to see how my defense can do, especially my back row players and how they can step up and adjust to the new defense,” said Yarbrough. “Offensively, I want to see if we can get the simple stuff down and how quick we are to add in some more complicated stuff.”
The first match of the season will be held at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 12, at San Angelo Grape Creek. The Lady Bucks will also take on Water Valley the same day.
Head cross country coach Kim Dieterich said the first day of workouts was a success as well.
“We combined the volleyball team with the cross country team so the volleyball girls could get some cardio in and it worked out real well for us,” said Dieterich. “As coaches we thought with everyone working hard and being where they needed to be, was probably better than it has been the last couple of years.
“As far as numbers, We had about 20 girls and 11 boys, but around four or five that we have were not there today,” said Dieterich. “We had a few that were not there the first day, but we should have enough for a junior varsity and varsity team on both the boys and girls side.”
Head football coach Casey Hubble said 73 players reported to practice and a good off-season helped the Bucks.
“We were able to get some of our terminology installed during the off-season before the start of the summer and that helped us,” said Hubble. “We had good numbers, but I would have liked to have a little bit more. We have to give people something they want to be a part of and that’s what we will do.”
Hubble says that a steady progression will be key for success this season.
“We are not going to get caught up in being the best we can at the start of the season,” said Hubble. “We want to be the best we can be in the playoffs. We have a progression that we are going to install and make sure there is a foundation that we have laid and build on it.”