Dawn has yet to crack on the new high school sports seasons. Girls golf begins practice Aug. 2 with the other sports begin following on Aug. 5. Girls golf matches begin Aug. 5 and the other sports begin games the week of Aug. 19.
Athletic departments on the other hand wake well before that dawn. Athletic administrators at local schools have been busy all summer moving through small mountains of paperwork, preparing fields, buildings and schedules, going through physical forms, budgets, and arranging workers and officials.
The payoff begins next month when all the color and passion of high school sports will swirl on fields and in gyms.
Below are looks at the Howard County schools as they gear up for the fall season. The Tribune was unable to reach Taylor.
At Greentown, Eastern’s athletes are shooting to be competitive across the board this fall.
“I’m always looking forward to getting the sports started, getting the kids on the practice field,” Eastern AD Brad Wilson said. “You’re always wondering how hard did they work in the offseason, and how much improvement have they made from a year ago?
“I’ve always said we’re a small school playing in a big conference. You just don’t know where you’re going to fit in yet. It’s going to take a little time. You’d like to see all your sports be successful. A lot of times that’s not going to be the case. We lost a lot of our girls cross country team [to graduation] so it’s hard to know where that’s going to go, how that’s going to bounce back.
“Every year you lose seniors and want to see who is the next person up.”
Some of Eastern’s athletes are adjusting to new coaches for the upcoming school year, including new girls soccer coach Chris Rees and new volleyball coach Missy Mavrick this fall as well as new hoops coaches Mike Springer and Justin Coomer.