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Fall sports teams off and running

Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2009, at 2:43 PM

Practice for high school football, volleyball, boys and girls cross country and boys tennis teams in Indiana began Monday. Girls golf squads were allowed to start last week.

Linton-Stockton (Steve Weber), Eastern Greene (Jeff Bond) and Union (Dugger) (Todd Gambill) will again be coaching their respective school's football teams.

Bond said he has 36 players in grade 9-12, up slightly from last year.

Weber said that he has about 46 players competing for spots on their year's squad.

"We have some smaller classes and we knew that our numbers would be down a bit," he said. "We are used to numbers in the mid-50s.

"Our classes aren't really big. We have eight seniors. We can't go out and recruit. We have to take what comes and try to coach them to the best of our ability."

Weber said they lost 14 seniors from last year's 13-1 squad, that came within an eye lash of making the Class A state finals.

"That was a large class and they all were good athletes," said Weber.

He added that a lot of his returning players saw time a year ago, but they will be in different roles in 2009.

"It is new to them," he said. "Once we get everything lined out, they are going to help us."

Players can start wearing pads Wednesday. Linton-Stockton and Eastern Greene will have a controlled scrimmage at 7 p.m. on Aug. 14.

The Miners will host Cloverdale while the Thunderbirds will travel to South Decatur a week from Friday.

Union (Dugger) does not have a scrimmage scheduled.

See the explanation of the scrimmages rules below, as set by the Indiana High School Athletic Association.

Those three squads will open the regular season Aug. 21. The Miners will entertain Eastern Greene while North Central will host Union (Dugger). Both Southwest Seven Conference games will begin at 7 p.m.

The Miners will try to fill key losses from last year's 13-1 team that won the Class A sectional and regional as well as the SW 7 Conference.

Susie Schulte will again step back in as volleyball coach at Bloomfield High School. Jill Fougerousse will take over the fortunes of the Linton-Stockton High School volleyball team.

Eastern Greene (Gina Ingram), White River Valley (Kristi Graves) and Shakamak (Jeri Morin) will again be in charge of the volleyball teams at those schools. Shakamak is the defending Class A champion.

As of late as last week, Union (Dugger) did not have a volleyball coach named to replace Becky Borter. The new coach will be the third in the past three seasons.

Four area volleyball teams have scrimmages scheduled for Aug. 13. Bloomfield will travel to Cloverdale and Eastern Greene will face Washington. The Lady Miners will scrimmage at Barr-Reeve. All three are set to begin at 6 p.m.

The Shakamak at Clay City volleyball scrimmage is set to start at 7 p.m.

The rules for the IHSAA volleyball scrimmages are listed below.

All the area volleyball teams begin for real the week of Aug. 17.

Girls golf teams can actually start playing matches as early as Aug. 4. The Lady Miners were scheduled to compete at the Providence Invitational on Tuesday, but there was no signed contract, according to new Linton-Stockton coach Chaz Hendrix.

The Lady Miners will begin the season Thursday when they compete at the Edgewood Lady Mustang Invitational.

Karen Collisson will again be coaching the WRV girls golf team. They will not begin the season until Aug. 18 when they compete at Edgewood.

Boys and girls cross country teams also started practice Monday. John Wells will again be coaching both teams at WRV.

The husband and wife duo of Kelley and Jon Miller are slated to coach the girls and boys teams at Shakamak.

Union (Dugger) will again have a boys cross country team coached by Clarence Johnson.

Bloomfield's girls will be coached by Loren Hadley and Steve Jones will be coaching the boys team.

Brian Spice said he has had 13 girls regularly during summer workouts, and that he is excited for his second year as cross country coach at Eastern Greene.

Bill Valentine returns as boys cross country coach at EGHS.

David Wence will begin his second season in charge of the girls cross country squad at Linton-Stockton. Jeff Franklin is expected to return as coach of the Miner boys.

Linton-Stockton and WRV will compete against North Daviess in a triangular meet Aug. 20 at WRV to begin the season.

Eastern Greene will run Aug. 24 at an invitational at Bedford North Lawrence to start 2009.

Shakamak will host Owen Valley, Brown County and Northview to begin the season at 5 p.m. on Aug. 25.

Bloomfield, along with the other four county schools, will compete at the Greene County Invitational on Aug. 26 at WRV.

The Union (Dugger) boys are scheduled to start 2009 on Aug. 27 at Sullivan.

Roger Maryfield, the father of recently graduated Bloomfield girls tennis player Bailey Maryfield, is now coaching the boys tennis team at WRV. He would like to encourage players to report to the newly resurfaced courts at the high school Monday through Friday between 4 and 5:30 p.m.

Mike Canty (Bloomfield) and Brad McKinney (Linton-Stockton) will again be coaching boys tennis at those respective schools. McKinney has just about everybody returning and expects to be more competitive this season.

They also will start playing matches the week of Aug. 17.

Don't forget to check out our annual Fall Sports Preview special section on Thursday, Aug. 20. It will feature pictures, stories, rosters and schedules of all area teams.

Should be an exciting season. Good luck to all.

B.J. Hargis is the sports editor at the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext 12 or at hargisbj@yahoo.com.

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