By ERIC VICCARO
This past summer, Forestburg High School head volleyball coach Rosana Barbosa returned to her native Brazil.
While home in South America, Barbosa spent a lot of time watching volleyball.
“I got some ideas that I would like to use in practices here,” Barbosa said. “I want to see how the kids will adapt to what we will be doing. I am ready and I am excited (for the season).”
Next Monday, Forestburg, like all the other schools in Texas, will begin practice. The Longhorns will compete in a tough four-team scrimmage on Aug. 9 at Chico with Boyd and Bridgeport.
Then Forestburg opens the season with first-year program Alvord at home on Aug. 12.
“I think both teams are going to be nervous,” said Barbosa, who came to Forestburg after spending time as an assistant coach at Wichita Falls Notre Dame. “It’s going to be their first game, and our first home game of the year.”
Barbosa, a former standout basketball player at Midland College and Midwestern State University, has developed her volleyball knowledge through Notre Dame coach Lisa Macha.
Barbosa calls Macha a mentor.
Well, on Aug. 26 in Forestburg, it’s going to be student versus mentor as the Longhorns play host to Notre Dame. Read The Bowie News mid-week edition for more, including a complete season schedule.
Forestburg Longhorns. (Graphic provided by the Forestburg Independent School District)