Ram Athletes Begin Season
Cloudy skies and comfortable temperatures greeted 146 athletes as the Wyalusing Valley fall sports practices got underway on Monday, Aug. 15.
All four varsity coaches, including first-year girls’ volleyball coach Gayle Huffman, were glad for the mild conditions.
“It was nice,” she said, noting that the gym can be very stifling during pre-season practices.
Thirty-six girls reported for practice on Monday, many of whom also participated in a four-day All-American volleyball camp late last week.
“The camp did give us a jump start,” Huffman said.
The squad will get its first test on Monday, Aug. 22, when it hosts Blue Ridge in a home scrimmage, starting at 11 a.m.
Huffman’s husband, Jim, had 55 football players show up on opening day.
“We were able to get a lot accomplished,” he said. “The boys are in good spirits,”
With the team gutted by graduation after consecutive winning seasons, including an 8-3 mark in 2010, Huffman wants to see if this year’s seniors “will step up.”
Wyalusing will travel to Montrose on Saturday, Aug. 20, for the first pre-season scrimmage, starting at 10 a.m.
Montrose has a new coaching staff, but Huffman expects the Meteors to provide a good early test.
“They don’t show a lot of finesse, but you know what you need to work on after you play them.”
Girls’ soccer coach Nick Maghamez spent his first day of practice installing a new conditioning program and different skill techniques to the 27 girls on hand.
“The day went really fast,” he noted.
“It’s good to see the girls back having fun,” Maghamez said.
He is also anxious to see who will step up in the battle for playing time.
The first chance for girls to make an impression will come on Saturday, Aug. 20. The Lady Rams will host Sullivan County in a scrimmage, starting at 11 a.m.
Veteran cross country coach Jim Schools was very happy with his numbers.
Fourteen boys and eight girls reported on opening day.
The girls’ turnout was especially good news as the team has struggled to put five healthy runners on the course for the past few years.
“It went well,” Schools said. “The kids all did well in their time trials.
“They’ve been working hard this summer.”