Monday, August 8, 2011

Here We go Again!!

One of the top five days of the entire year!  I love the start of fall practices. . . it's great to see new faces mixed in with old familiar ones. . . it's like "Spring Training", every team has a chance to win it all.  

It was a picture perfect morning with temperatures in the low 80's!  I don't know how Coach Townsend made it happen, but he did, and it was wonderful!  (Who remembers last year, when it was so hot practices were called off by 9:00 in the morning.  

Volleyball hit the track running at 7:00am and things were officially underway.  The girls came out ready to work and after a warmup session, ran the dreaded mile.  Times in the low 6:00's lead the way, and it's clear that much hard work was put in over the summer. 

Football followed at 7:30, and just jumped right in.  Summer work has prepared them and they don't waste a second.  What a tremendous atmosphere.  Coach Matt Irvin has assembled an amazing staff, and he leads the way with his passion and enthusiasm.  If I was still coaching, I would spend as much time as I could around him and his practices to learn how to utilize the precious time you have each day.  Coach Irvin and his staff do it as well as any I've ever seen.

Boys soccer, Girl's field hockey, swimming, cross country, and tennis all got underway this morning with softball and golf kicking things off this afternoon.  It's once again a great time to be a Pioneer and I can't wait to see what these young athletes will do this year. . .

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