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Fall sports are up, running

BHS teams began practice Monday

August 17, 2006

Baldwin High School and its surrounding sports facilities have been busy with practice since early Monday morning.

The fall sports season officially kicked off Monday with all of the BHS teams beginning practice.

BHS senior Blake Wieden was glad to be starting football practice.

"We are all really excited to be going," Wieden said. "It's fun so far and we are all working hard."

The BHS football team was the first team to begin practice this fall. The Bulldogs began the season at 6 a.m. Monday at the BHS practice field.

Wieden said the team came into practice in good shape, which makes practice easier.

"It's going really smooth," Wieden said. "We are all in pretty good shape coming in, so we are not doing a ton of conditioning. We worked hard during the summer and it is paying off now."

Soon after football practice began Monday, the BHS cross country teams opened their state title defending seasons at 6:30 a.m.

"It's good to run with everybody again," senior Kelsey Verhaeghe said. "It's nice to see everybody out and it's fun to meet the new people."

Both Bulldog teams look to defend their state titles from one year ago.

"It's our main goal," Verhaeghe said. "The other meets are practice meets that will help us prepare for state."

The third BHS team that got an early start on practice was the soccer team, which began practice at 7 a.m.

The idea of practice starting was exciting to BHS junior Dustin Schiller.

"It's been really fun and we have a good team this year," Schiller said. "This is better than being at home and sleeping."

The Bulldog soccer team has more players out this year than last fall. Schiller said he helped senior Travis Moore recruit teammates during the spring and summer.

"Travis (Moore) and I tried to get a lot more kids out and I guess it worked," Schiller said. "We've got a lot more out this year."

The soccer squad has been working on fundamentals and conditioning during the first few days of practice.

"We have been doing a lot of conditioning," Schiller said. "At the end of practice, if we have worked hard, we do scrimmages."

The Bulldogs have added assistant coach Matt McCune to the team this year, which has made some of the players happy.

"He helps a lot with skills," Schiller said. "He brings some aspects of the game that the other coaches didn't know. He helps with that a lot."

All three BHS teams have been holding two-a-day practices this week, before school starts for everyone on Friday. All three have enjoyed the cooler temperatures this week.

"The weather has been great so far," Wieden said. "It's a little break from the 100-degree weather, especially in the morning, which has been beautiful. We couldn't ask for anything better."

Verhaeghe agreed about the cooler temperatures.

"The weather has been really nice during the first two days," Verhaeghe said. "It has made it nicer to practice."

The other BHS team that has been enjoying the weather is the girls' tennis squad.

"I hope it stays cool like this for a while," BHS senior Emily Krysztof said. "It has been really nice. It has made it more enjoyable."

The Bulldogs began Monday afternoon with about 20 participants at practice. Krysztof said she wasn't quite ready for practice to start Monday, but she was getting excited about the season after Tuesday's practice.

"You have to remember how to hit the ball and that kind of stuff," Krysztof said of the first day of practice. "I'm getting more excited for the season after the first day."

Although Krysztof wasn't quite ready for practice to start, she does know that practice means the start of her senior year.

"School always comes too quickly," Krysztof said. "It's good to get practice going again, because you get to see all of your friends."

Wieden also recognized that fall practices mean the start of the school year, which got him excited.

"It's a lot of fun," Wieden said. "The football season kind of starts school. It's exciting so far and we are all looking forward to the rest of the year."

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