HIGH SCHOOLS: And so practice begins

By ERIC VICCARO sports@bowienewsonline.com

High school sports make their big return on Monday across Montague County, and the rest of Texas.

The first allowable practice date set by the University Interscholastic League, which sanctions high school sports in Texas, is Aug. 1.

Football and volleyball players and cross country runners are set to resume training for what could be another achievement-filled season.

Bowie and Forestburg recorded historic bi-district wins in football. The same two schools, as well as Saint Jo, qualified for the playoffs in volleyball. Nocona’s Maria Hernandez was the area’s only state qualifier in cross country.

There aren’t too many coaching changes this year; however, Charlie Hamilton Pittman is the new head volleyball coach at Saint Jo.

Taylor Klement takes over cross country at Saint Jo. Zac Tabor has been installed as the new boys’ cross country coach
at Prairie Valley.

Chuck Hall will now oversee the entire cross country program at Bowie. Jenni Luke is now the head cross country coach at Nocona. Read more in the July 30 Bowie News.

Nocona’s Jonathan Shaw guides Indians’ offensive linemen through their paces during in preparation for the 2014 season. All five football-playing Montague County schools will practice on Aug. 1. (News file photo by Eric Viccaro)