Teams select a motto for the year

Taygon Jones digs a ball out.

Bowie Volleyball
Coach Breanna Jones went above and beyond with the word “Mindset” as her team’s motto as it goes three layers deep.
Not only does it have a volleyball term within the word, but the word itself clearly addresses the mental aspect of the game.
Jones was not done as she made the word an acronym as well. The letter “M” stands for make the change. The letter “I” stands for Intensity. “N” means never let it show. “D” is don’t quit. “S” is sacrifice. “E” is no excuses. The final letter “T” stands for teammate.

Trystin Fenoglio serves up a ball.

Nocona Volleyball
Coach Tiffany Clay has made the theme for this year’s team “What If.”
Instead of using the term in a reference of looking back on things, she is using the term as wishful positive thinking for her team this season.

Eli Jones runs for a big gain.

Saint Jo Football
The Panthers are not coming in with any motto or saying, but new Coach Mark Stevens is talking about trying to take the program to the next level. Stevens hopes this year’s team is ready to make it to the next level for the first time since 2013.

Kaitline Harris sets a ball up.

Saint Jo Volleyball
The theme for this year’s Lady Panthers is “Grit and Grace.” Coach Charlie Hamilton interprets it to mean having motivation in any challenge and always being thankful in life.

Preslie Darden looks to make a pass on a serve-receive.

Gold-Burg Volleyball
With last year’s win in the bi-district round, the Lady Bears feel like they have “Unfinished Business.”
Gold-Burg wants to challenge county foe and last year’s district champion Prairie Valley better than they did last year.
The Lady Bears want to expect winning in the bi-district round so they can be ready to challenge in the area round and beyond.

Jacquelin McLean looks to set the ball up to one of her teammates. (Photo by Nila Godwin)

Forestburg Volleyball
After a tough season last year, Coach Cori Hayes wants his young team to embrace the opportunities for small improvements throughout the new season. This is echoed in the motto, “failure is success if you learn from it.”

Zach Bradly knocks an opponent on the ground.

Forestburg Football
While there is no big phrase or wording for the Longhorns this season, Coach Trey Cumby says he is preaching to his guys the value of accountability.