By ERIC VICCARO
Both the Nocona High School baseball and softball teams will open the regular season on Thursday, Feb. 25.
The baseball team opens with its own Nokona Gloves Tournament, with the Indians playing Notre Dame at 6 p.m.
On Feb. 26 in the Nokona Gloves Tournament, Nocona plays Petrolia at 2 p.m. and then Tioga at 4 p.m.
On Saturday, the tournament wraps up with games based on performance from pool play.
Pool A features homestanding Nocona plus Tioga, Petrolia and Notre Dame. Pool B has Muenster, City View, Alvord and Lindsay. Winners, runner-ups, third- and fourth-place teams will meet up, with games starting at 10 a.m.
Nocona head baseball coach Brent Lewis, now entering his third year, is filled with optimism as the season prepares to start.
Zac Dunnam and Tyler Price have been named assistant coaches, and the Nocona Boosters paid for a new tarp, scoreboard and batting cages.
“I’ve been given a lot of support, and this is the best coaching staff I’ve had since I’ve been here,” Lewis said.
Nocona is coming off a 10-14 season, 4-10 in District 3A-9.
Jeremy James pitches during the 2015 season. James will be relied on to become a top starter for the Indians. (News file photo by Eric Viccaro)