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Fall Practice Opens



The Wyalusing Valley High School football team opened practice Monday under new head coach Gary Otis.



Practice for the autumn seasons at Wyalusing Valley High School apparently opened without a hitch on Monday, Aug. 16.

Practice legally began under Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association rules in cross country, football, golf, girls' soccer and volleyball.

"It went really well," said Gary Otis on his official day as head football coach.

"The kids had a great attitude and enthusiasm."

Beth Trowbridge, beginning her third year as girls' soccer coach, appreciated the cool temperatures on opening day.

"It was easier on the girls," she noted.

Jim Schools, starting his 15th year as cross country head coach, was "very pleased in all levels of fitness. Everybody is in good, solid shape."

Volleyball coach Dave Holdredge, starting his third season, acknowledged that he has his work cut out for him after losing a number of players to graduation.

"I have a lot of young kids," he said. "It's going to be a tough two weeks."



Football

Approximately 70 players showed up for the first day of practice.

"The first day is always a little slow because of administrative stuff and paperwork," admitted Otis.

Once the team got on the field, he was pleased with the results.

He was appreciative of the efforts of his coaching staff including long-time assistants Dave Behrend and Jim Huffman. Frank Kinney and Brent Trowbridge will handle the junior varsity squad. Mike Earle and Joe Burridge will coach the junior high program.

A large number of volunteer coaches were on hand Monday to help the practices move along crisply. They included Larry Otis, Dan Cook, Ken Mapes and Justin Jones.

"It's a nice mix," Otis said of the volunteer crew who helped to get the younger players up to speed. "We got a lot of work in."

The team will taste its first action against opposition on Saturday when it hosts Montrose in the first scrimmage of the year. Starting time is 10 a.m.

The second scrimmage will be on Saturday, Aug. 28, at Susquehanna Community, also at 10 a.m.

The season, which marks the first time that Wyalusing Valley will compete as a Class A school, begins on Friday, Sept. 3, with a home game against Canton.

The non-league schedule includes home games with South Williamsport and Cowanesque Valley and a road game at Montoursville. The league slate also includes home games with Troy and Towanda and road trips to Wellsboro, North Penn, Athens and Sayre.

Last year, the Rams finished with a 2-8 record.



Cross Country

Schools had 14 boys and seven girls report for the first day of practice.

He was encouraged by the results of fitness tests he routinely administers on the first day of camp.

The boys finished 7-3 last season, while the girls were an impressive 8-2, finishing in a two-way tie for second in the league.

The schedule includes a number of strong tests including the Lock Haven Invitational, XXXC Invitational in Philadelphia, Northeast Pennsylvania Invitational at Bloomsburg and the Central Columbia Invitational.

The league meet is set for Oct. 23 at Northeast Bradford.

The District Four championships slated for Oct. 28 will be held at Bloomsburg University.

Matt Tavani is Schools's varsity assistant. Karen McGee will run the junior program which begins practice next week.



Girls' Soccer

Trowbridge and assistant coach Kathy Lutz will look to improve on last season's 5-11-1 record that included a 4-8-1 NTL mark.

Trowbridge reported that 27 girls reported to camp on opening day.

"That's about the same as last year," she said.

After scrimmages at Waverly and Montrose, the Lady Rams will open the season on Sept. 3 at Elk Lake. The home opener will be Sept. 7 with Troy.

The non-NTL slate also includes games with Williamsport and Meadowbrook. They will also play in the Sayre Tournament on Sept. 18.



Volleyball

Holdredge reported a normal turnout of 24 girls for the first day of practice.

Coming off a 10-11 season, the Lady Rams are in full rebuilding mode, and Holdredge will have a lot of work ahead of him.

Last spring, Danielle Hannon stepped down as assistant coach and the position wasn't filled.

"No one applied," explained Holdredge.

The Lady Rams open the season on Sept. 4 at home against Lackawanna Trail.

In addition to the regular contests with the NTL East, Wyalusing will also play a number of NTL West squads, including Elkland, Williamson, Cowanesque Valley, Liberty and Wellsboro.



Junior High Volleyball

The newly formed Wyalusing Valley High School junior high volleyball will hold its first practice on Monday, Aug. 23, at the WVHS gymnasium from 9 to 11 a.m.

All players are reminded to bring their physical forms signed by their doctor and parent/guardian. They should also have a signed athletic code and medical treatment form.

Any questions should be directed to coach Bill Lutz at 746-1851.



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